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Graham now faces sole primary challenger

Thursday - 1/30/2014, 8:49am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Longtime D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham will now face a sole Democratic primary challenger in his bid for a fifth term.

Bryan Weaver, who ran against Graham in 2010, dropped out of the primary race on Wednesday. Weaver says in a statement that he will now run in the general election as a "progressive independent."

That leaves Brianne Nadeau as the only Democrat challenging Graham. Nadeau is a publicist and former neighborhood commissioner making her first bid for council.

Weaver says the anti-incumbent vote is split too often in council races, leaving the city with "ethically challenged leaders."

The 68- year-old Graham has represented Ward 1 since 1998. Last year, Graham's colleagues voted to reprimand him after the city's ethics board found that he improperly intervened in the lottery contracting process.

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