Following the retirement of former Commissioner Michael Upright, last Friday the DC Board of Elections published the process for filling the vacancy for district 2B04 in the DC Register. Any resident of district 2B04, a map of which can be found here, who has an interest in running for the vacant seat can visit the Board of Elections at 441 4th Street NW, Suite 250 North to pick up petitions to run for the seat. Residents must collect the signatures of at least 25 voters registered in district 2B04 in order to run for the seat. The beginning of the petition pick-up period was on Monday, January 9th, and the completed petitions are due back to the Board of Elections by Monday, January 30th.
Following the submission period for the petitions, there will be a challenge period from Thursday, February 2nd to Wednesday, February 8th where residents will have the ability to challenge individual signatures on a candidate’s petitions. If only one candidate completes the challenge period, that candidate will become the new commissioner for district 2B04. If more than one candidate completes the challenge period, a special election will be held at an upcoming ANC meeting to elect the new commissioner.