DC mayoral candidates must overcome voter apathy

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Nov. 4, District of Columbia residents will elect the seventh mayor in the city’s history. At least, a few of them will.

The candidates for the city’s highest office will have to confront not just each other but widespread voter apathy as they seek to lead a local government that’s been tainted by corruption.

Just 27 percent of registered Democrats voted in the April Democratic primary. D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser defeated scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray in the primary and now faces two independents and two minor-party candidates in the general election.

Veteran local pollster Ron Faucheux (foh-SHAY) says the election is coming down to a “personality contest” between Bowser and her top challenger, Councilmember David Catania. He says that’s not enough to drive people to the polls.

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