Anita Bonds

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Anita Bonds
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Washington, D.C. City Council, At-Large Seat
In office
Term ends
Years in position 3
Elections and appointments
Last election November 4, 2014
First elected2013
Appointed byWashington, D.C. City Council
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJohn Philip Sousa Junior High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
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Anita Bonds is a Democratic at-large member of the Washington, D.C. City Council. She was first appointed to the seat in 2012, following Phil Mendelson's election to the Chairman of the D.C. City Council.[1][2]


Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Bonds highlighted the following issues:[3]

Affordable housing

  • Excerpt: "I Co-Introduced B20-0594, the "Disposition of District Land for Affordable Housing Amendment Act of 2013", along with Councilmembers McDuffie, Bowser, and Graham, this bill authorizes the sale of real estate in the District of Columbia no longer required for public purposes, and establishes affordable housing set-aside requirements. Additionally, I am supportive of legislation that addresses the fact that the District's Area Median Income (AMI) is skewed because of the inclusion of more affluent surrounding suburbs into HUD's AMI equation. Further, I have introduced several bills that will help residents with their housing costs these bills are (1) B20-0318 the, "Senior Citizen Real Property Tax Relief Act of 2013" (2) B20-0605, the "Standard Deduction Adjustment Act of 2013" (3) B20-0604 the, "Affordable Homeownership Preservation and Equity Accumulation Amendment Act of 2013. Furthermore, I am advocating that a minimum of $50 Million from the District's annual surplus be deposited into the Housing Production Trust Fund. Likewise, I am working to strengthen the District's local voucher program and provide a housing subsidy to homeless families provided their children, if any, attend D.C. Public Schools. Finally, it is a top priority of mine that the DC Council and relevant agencies work together to provide permanent housing to the many homeless families we have living on the street."

Small business

  • Excerpt: "Communication strategy is key to improving small business accessibility to grants and technical assistance. Oftentimes small business owners are not aware of grants and technical assistance programs they are eligible for. Currently, I have been helping with this issue by organizing a comprehensive weekly newsletter that includes important information that all constituents should be aware of. Furthermore, outreach can assist in improving small businesses' accessibility to assistance. In the past, I have participated and led neighborhood "walk-throughs" where I visit small businesses in community and listen to their recommendations and concerns. Likewise, I recently held two Community Action Summits, were residents and business owners alike were engaged on a number of issues, from housing and education to health and public safety. Both were well-attended events with over 100 participants at each event. Based upon some of the outcomes from the summit, we are planning to host a business summit that focuses solely on the business community, and provides resources and expert advise on subject matters relevant to this community."


  • Excerpt: "Long-time District residents, as well as newcomers to the city, should be provided assistance and incentives to invest in our city. I recently introduced the Standard Deduction Adjustment Act of 2013 to increase the standard deduction for those making less than $40,000. This will provide cash assistance to our most vulnerable residents, which can be used to assist in paying for rent, groceries or any other basic necessities."



See also: Washington, D.C. Council elections, 2014

Washington, D.C. held elections for two at-large city council seats on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on April 1.

Incumbent Anita Bonds defeated Nate Bennett Fleming, Kathy Henderson, Chantel Mapp, Pedro Rubio, John Settles, II and Kevin Valentine Jr. in the Democratic primary. Eugene Puryear defeated G. Lee Aikin in the D.C. Statehood Green Party primary.[4][5] Bonds and Elissa Silverman (I) defeated Puryear, Michael D. Brown (I), Frederick Steiner (L), Eric J. Jones (I), Kishan Putta (I), Wendell Felder (I), Courtney R. Snowden (I), Brian Hart (I), Robert White (I), Calvin H. Gurley (I), Graylan Scott Hagler (I) and Khalid Pitts (I) in the general election.[6][7]

Washington, D.C. City Council, At-large, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnita Bonds Incumbent 24.1% 85,575
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngElissa Silverman 11.6% 41,300
     Independent Michael D. Brown 8.1% 28,614
     Libertarian Frederick Steiner 1.1% 3,766
     Independent Eric J. Jones 1.2% 4,405
     Independent Kishan Putta 1.7% 6,135
     Independent Wendell Felder 0.8% 2,964
     Green Eugene Puryear 3.5% 12,525
     Independent Courtney R. Snowden 5.5% 19,551
     Independent Brian Hart 2.5% 8,933
     Independent Robert White 6.3% 22,198
     Independent Calvin H. Gurley 1.3% 4,553
     Republican Marc Morgan 2.8% 9,947
     Independent Graylan Scott Hagler 3% 10,539
     Independent Khalid Pitts 2.9% 10,392
     Other Write-in 0.4% 1,472
     Other Over and Under Votes 23.1% 81,847
Total Votes 354,716
Source: Washington, D.C. Board of Elections - General Election Results
Washington D.C. City Council At-Large Primary Election Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnita Bonds Incumbent 53.2% 43,586
Nate Bennett Fleming 22.3% 18,232
Pedro Rubio 7.4% 6,082
John Settles, II 13.2% 10,775
Kevin Valentine Jr. 3.1% 2,560
Write-in 0.8% 624
Total Votes 81,859
Source: Washington D.C. Board of Elections

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Preceded by
Phil Mendelson
Washington, D.C. City Council
Succeeded by