By Etolia Magdalena
Special to the AFRO
Like many places in the country, Washington, D.C. had races at stake on the Nov. 3 general election, and when the polls closed, many wondered the fate of the large group of candidates running for At-Large Council positions, and included Initiative 81, which would decriminalize the use and distribution of psychedelic mushrooms, or “magic mushrooms.” In the end, many incumbents and some highly lauded newcomers won Council positions and Washingtonians made their voices- and perhaps, vices, heard- as they voted in favor of decriminalizing the use of magic mushrooms.
D.C. voters had the opportunity to select five of the nine seats on the D.C. Board of Education, Council members in Wards 2, 4, 7 and 8, and two At-Large Council seats. In the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, voting has taken a different approach this year with early voting, mail in ballots and same day voting in some states.
Incumbent Robert White (D- At-Large) kept his seat and former D.C. Council aide Christina Henderson (I) is projected to win the other At-Large seat; Democrats Brooke Pinto and Janeese Lewis George are holding their leads in Ward 2 and Ward 4, respectively.
Other incumbents, Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) and Trayon White (D- Ward 8) were also re-elected.
With D.C. voters having the opportunity to select five of the nine seats on the D.C. Board of Education, they voted Jacque Patterson as At large member of the State Board of Education.
Allister Chang (Ward 2), Frazier O’Leary, Jr., (Ward 4), who ran unopposed, Eboni-Rose Thompson (Ward 7) and Carlene Reid (Ward 8), complete the projected winners of the State Board of Education race.
Washingtonians voted in favor of Initiative 81, decriminalizing the use and distribution of psychedelic mushrooms “Magic Mushrooms” along with any entheogenic plant or fungus, making them the lowest of priorities for the Metropolitan Police Department.
As projected, Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris won in the nation’s capital.