Muriel Bowser

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Muriel Bowser
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Current candidacy
Running for Mayor of Washington, D.C.
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Washington D.C. City Council, Ward 4
In office
Bachelor'sChatham College
Master'sAmerican University
Office website
Campaign website
Muriel Bowser is the 2014 Democratic candidate for mayor of Washington, D.C.. On April 1, 2014, she defeated incumbent Vincent Gray in the Washington D.C. mayoral democratic primary. She has represented Ward 4 on the Washington D.C. City Council since 2007.[1]


Bowser was born in Washington, D.C.. She holds a B.A. in History from Chatham College and a M.A. in Public Policy from American University.[1]



See also: Washington, D.C. mayoral election, 2014

Washington, D.C. will hold mayoral elections on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on April 1. Muriel Bowser defeated incumbent Vincent Gray, Carlos Allen, Christian A. Carter, Jack Evans, Michael Green, Reta Jo Lewis, Vincent Orange, Luis Poblete, Frank Sewell, Andy Shallal, Octavia Wells and Tommy Wells in the Democratic primary. Faith was unopposed in the D.C. Statehood Green Party primary, while Bruce Majors was unopposed in the Libertarian primary. Bowser will face Faith, Majors, David Catania (I), Ben Foshager (I) and Carol Schwartz (I) in the general election.[2][3]

Washington D.C. Democratic Mayoral Primary Election Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMuriel Bowser 43.4% 42,045
Vincent Gray Incumbent 32.6% 31,613
Jack Evans 5% 4,877
Andy Shallal 3.3% 3,196
Reta Lewis 0.5% 490
Vincent Orange 2% 1,946
Carlos Allen 0.1% 120
Tommy Wells 12.8% 12,393
Write-in 0.2% 235
Total Votes 96,915

Campaign themes

On her campaign website, Bowser addressed the following issues:[4]


  • Excerpt: "Muriel will expand early childhood learning opportunities to give our kids a strong foundation for kindergarten—and the years ahead. She will invest in quality feeder schools, so that our middle schoolers are prepared for the rigors of higher learning. And she’ll enhance our children’s preparation for the workforce with quality career and technical educational programs.For teachers and students, she’ll provide the resources and flexibility to increase instructional time, and provide additional resources to schools with innovative programs found to be effective in significantly advancing academic growth."
See also Public education in the District of Columbia


  • Excerpt: "Muriel will drive infrastructure investment by initiating creative solutions like public/private partnerships that will allow greater flexibility and increased revenues while protecting the interests of DC’s residents."


  • Excerpt: "DC needs a government that works for the people and is open to the people. Muriel will open our government so that DC residents have the ability to discuss their concerns and make suggestions of what we can do better. We also need government agencies made up of the best and the brightest we can attract. Muriel will seek cabinet members, employees and others who possess both substantial credentials in a professional discipline but also a solid grounding in ethical management and decision-making. Good judgment will be a hallmark of Bowser Administration officials at all levels, their actions will be held to the highest standards of ethical behavior and management."

The Economy

  • Excerpt: "Muriel will work to make sure that all of DC’s residents can find sustainable employment that allows them to succeed by increasing the city’s minimum wage, working to increase educational opportunities beyond just 4-year degree programs and providing incentives for businesses to move into the District and flourish."



In 2014, Bowser's endorsements include the following:[5]

  • District of Columbia Electrical Association
  • National Association of Government Employees local R3-05
  • Emily’s List
  • Women’s Campaign Fund
  • Stein Club
  • Washington Post
  • U.S. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • Mayor Anthony Williams, District of Columbia, 1999-2007
  • District of Columbia Councilmember Anita Bonds (at-large)
  • District of Columbia Councilmember Vincent Orange (at-large)
  • District of Columbia Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2)
  • District of Columbia Councilmember Tommy Wells (Ward 6)
  • District of Columbia Councilmember Yvette Alexander (Ward 7)
  • District of Columbia Councilmember Marion Barry (Ward 8)

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