John Vihstadt, a Republican who ran as an independent, won the special election to replace Chris Zimmerman on the Arlington County Board, 57%-41%. Vihstadt will face Howze again in November. (ARLnow) Twitter
Tommy may run
Tommy Wells may run as an independent for DC Council at-large. If he did, he would be competing against at least 4 others, including Elissa Silverman, who resigned from DCFPI to plan a run. (City Paper) Twitter
Attorney General Eric Holder defended Ron Machen’s decision to cut a plea deal with Jeff Thompson and release documents just weeks before the primary election. That may have cost Gray a second term, but he said keeping the information under seal also wouldn’t serve the public interest. (Post) Twitter
Mikulski questions Metro
Sen. Barbara Mikulski is asking how WMATA plans to fix issues with bad contracting practices that surfaced in a recent federal oversight report. She said federal funding for Metro repairs is in jeopardy. (Post) Twitter
Rock Creek repairs soon?
Repairs of the Rock Creek Park trail could begin in 2015, according to the National Park Service. The project has taken years already, frustrating local bicycle advocates. (DCist) Twitter