Independent D.C. mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz submitted more than 6,500 petition signatures to the Board of Elections on Wednesday, more than double the 3,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot for the November election.
“Not only was the number very strong, but notable was that Carol personally gathered over 2,000 of those signatures in all wards of the city,” a statement released by the Schwartz campaign says.
“I am grateful to the more than 70 volunteers who gave so much time and energy – and received not one penny – to help me get on the ballot on Nov. 4, as well as the many more who are helping in so many other ways,” Schwartz said. “With our campaign, which has always been more about people than money, I feel we have a real chance for victory for all of us.”
Similar to the campaign of rival mayoral candidate David Catania, the Schwartz campaign said a majority of the signatures Schwartz submitted have been validated, decreasing the chance of someone challenging the signatures.
Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser, who won the city’s Democratic primary in April, is given automatic placement on the ballot in November without the need for petition signatures.