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Race switch would make Ward 6's GOP primary a contest
Republican Lois Tett withdrew from the DC mayoral election this week and pulled candidacy papers for Ward 6. Her entry into the Ward 6 race, where fellow Republican Michael Bekesha has declared his candidacy, would make it DC's first contested GOP primary. Incumbent Charles Allen has one opponent, Lisa Hunter, in the Democratic primary. (Keith Ivey / Twitter)

DC for Democracy surveys the candidates
Topics on the group's DC Council questionnaire include the Union Market TIF, rent control, and the Comprehensive Plan. (Zach Schalk / DC for Democracy)

Maryland Senate budget chair to retire
Maryland Senator Ed Kasemeyer, who chairs the chamber's budget and taxation committee, isn't running for re-election this year but that hasn't changed committee Vice Chair Rich Madaleno's plans. The Montgomery County senator said he intends to stay in the governor's race. (Josh Kurtz / Maryland Matters)

Top MoCo executive fundraisers top the half million dollar mark
County Councilmember Roger Berliner and businessman David Blair each reported raising more than $500,000 through January for their county executive campaigns. County Councilmember Marc Elrich rounded out the top three with close to $440,000, including more than $350,000 in public financing. (Adam Pagnucco / Seventh State)

MoCo Democrats votes on conflict-of-interest policy
Six committee members are running for the state legislature, county council, or county board of education this year. The committee was scheduled to vote yesterday on rules to ensure candidates don't use committee resources for their personal campaigns. (Louis Peck and Andrew Metcalf / Bethesda Magazine)

Progressive Maryland makes endorsements
At-large County Councilmember Marc Elrich received the group's endorsement for Montgomery County executive this week. Progressive Maryland's other 2018 endorsees include gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous and 6th Congressional District candidate Roger Manno. (Andrew Metcalf / Bethesda Magazine)

VA-10 Democrats talk healthcare, education, and climate change
Seven of the Democratic candidates in Virginia's 10th Congressional District participated in a candidate forum hosted by Virginia Democracy Forward last Saturday. The candidates are competing to challenge Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock in the November general election. (Lowell Feld / Blue Virginia)

Virginians support Medicaid, minimum wage, marijuana, and more
Fifty-eight percent of Virginia voters favor expanding Medicaid and 74 percent support raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, according to a poll by the Wason Center for Public Policy. Other proposals with majority support include marijuana decriminalization and background checks for private gun sales. (Quentin Kidd & Rachel Bitecofer / Wason Center)