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Bonds wins DC Council seat in special election

Wednesday - 4/24/2013, 12:40am  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A longtime District of Columbia political insider has been elected to the D.C. Council.

According to unofficial returns, Anita Bonds won a special election Tuesday with 32 percent of the vote in a six-candidate field.

Bonds has been on the council in an interim capacity since December. She was appointed to fill the vacancy by members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, of which she is the chairman.

She held off three other Democrats, a Republican and a third-party candidate.

The 68-year-old Bonds was a longtime aide to former mayor and current Councilmember Marion Barry. She works for Fort Myer Construction Corp., a major city contractor. She has said she is likely to give up that job if she were elected to the council full-time.

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