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D.C. Mayoral Candidate To Turn In Petitions

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Another District of Columbia mayoral candidate is scheduled to turn in nominating petitions to get on the ballot in November.

Independent Carol Schwartz plans to drop off petitions at the D.C. Board of Elections on Wednesday. Candidates must gather 3,000 valid signatures for their name to be added to the ballot.

Schwartz is challenging the Democratic nominee, D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, and another independent, Councilmember David Catania. Catania turned in his petitions on Tuesday. Bowser has pledged not to debate her opponents until after the ballot is finalized next month.

The 70-year-old Schwartz is running for mayor for the fifth time. The closest she came was in 1994, when she received 42 percent of the vote while challenging Marion Barry. A non-Democrat has never been elected mayor in the District.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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