Mara, who unsuccessfully ran for the council in 2008, appeared to have the best chance at beating a field that included six Democrats, an independent and a member of the D.C. Statehood Green Party.
Matt Stone, 39, said that Democrats have too much influence and that he was concerned about how the city is being run. “He seems like he would be a good check on the Democratic council,” Stone said of Mara.
But Mara was competing for many of the same voters that Biddle, a former Ward 4 school board member, and Democrats Weaver and Lopez competed for in Northwest.
In Chevy Chase — a neighborhood crucial to Mara and Biddle — some voters said they were displeased with the direction of city government but divided over whether they wanted a Republican on the council.
Jill Watson, 63, said she considered voting for Mara but decided to support Biddle. “It was between Biddle and Mara, but I will do almost anything to keep from voting Republican,” she said.