Anita Bonds

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Anita Bonds
At-large D.C. Councilmember
Assumed office
Preceded by Phil Mendelson
Personal details
Political party Democratic

Anita Bonds (born c. 1945[1]) is a Democratic politician in Washington, D.C. She is an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia.[2] She has been the Chairman of the District of Columbia Democratic State Committee since 2006.[3][4] She worked as an executive at Fort Meyer Construction, a District contractor.[5]

Early life[edit]

Bonds was raised in Southeast Washington, D.C.[6] She attended college at University of California, Berkeley,[6] where she majored in chemistry.[7]


Bonds helped run Marion Barry's first campaign for the District of Columbia Board of Education in 1971.[5] She was elected Ward 2 delegate to the Black Political Convention in 1972.[8] In 1973, she ran in a special election for the Ward 2 seat on the District of Columbia Board of Education.[9] Bill Treanor won the election with 62 percent of the vote.[9] Bonds worked as ward and precinct coordinator for Clifford Alexander's campaign for District mayor in 1974.[10] She served as deputy campaign manager for Barry's 1978[11] and 1982 bids for District mayor.[1] In 1979, Mayor Barry named Bonds special assistant for constituent services.[12]

Bonds served as manager of John L. Ray's reelection campaign for at-large councilmember in 1980.[13] In 1983, Bonds was director of the District of Columbia Office of Community Services.[1] She served on Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign in 1984.[14] She was campaign manager for Barry's bid for a third term as District mayor in 1986.[1]

In 1990, Bonds helped the defense attorney in Marion Barry's drug and perjury charges.[15] In 1994, Bonds became special assistant to District Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly's chief of staff, Karen A. Tramontano.[16] In May 1998, Bonds was named campaign manager for Councilmember Harold Brazil's bid for District mayor.[17] In August 1998, she left that role after a campaign reorganization.[18]

From 2004 to 2005, she served as director of the mayor's Office of Community Affairs.[19] In 2005, she became a senior adviser to Council member Kwame R. Brown.[20]


In November 2012, Democrat Phil Mendelson won a special election to become the chair of the Council of the District of Columbia,[21] creating a vacancy of his former seat as at-large member of the Council. District of Columbia law provides that, in the event of a vacancy of an at-large seat on the Council, the political party of the former incumbent shall decide who will fill the seat until a special election can be held.[22][23]

Bonds announced that she would seek to be selected to hold the at-large Council seat. Douglass Sloan, a public affairs consultant and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Riggs Park, and John Capozzi, former Shadow U.S. Representative and former at-large member of the District of Columbia Democratic State Committee, announced that they would also seek the selection. In a vote by the D.C. Democratic State Committee, Bonds received 55 of the 71 votes cast, winning the selection process.[5] Bonds was sworn in as councilmember on December 11, 2012.[24]

Bonds won reelection in the 2013 special election.[25]


  1. ^ a b c d Evans, Sandra (January 15, 1986). "Anita Bonds to Direct Barry's 3rd Campaign". The Washington Post. p. C5. 
  2. ^ "D.C. Councilmembers". Council of the District of Columbia. January 11, 2013. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "DC Democratic State Committee Members". District of Columbia Democratic State Committee. January 11, 2013. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Blinder, Alan (December 10, 2012). "Anita Bonds Elected to D.C. Council At-large Seat". The Washington Examiner. 
  5. ^ a b c Madden, Patrick (December 11, 2012). "Anita Bonds Elected to At-large D.C. Council Seat". WAMU. 
  6. ^ a b Suderman, Alan (December 12, 2012). "Same as the Old Boss?". Washington City Paper. 
  7. ^ Stevens, Joann (January 25, 1979). "Mayor's Assistants". The Washington Post. p. 2. 
  8. ^ "Delegates Named by D.C. Blacks". The Washington Post. February 28, 1972. p. C6. 
  9. ^ a b Prince, Richard E. (November 28, 1973). "Treanor Elected to Board: Youth Worker Wins Ward 2 School Post". The Washington Post. p. C1. 
  10. ^ Mathews, Jay. "Mayor Campaigns Go to Grass Roots: Canvassing Seen Mayor Race Key". The Washington Post. p. C1. 
  11. ^ Dash, Leon (August 6, 1978). "Seeking Affluent Black Vote: Barry Takes His Mayoral Campaign to 'Tucker Territory'". The Washington Post. p. C1. 
  12. ^ Coleman, Milton (January 10, 1979). "Barry Names Nine To Personal Staff In Reorganization". The Washington Post. p. B4. 
  13. ^ Bowman, LaBarbara (September 20, 1980). "Carter-Mondale Crews Open D.C. Headquarters". The Washington Post. p. B2. 
  14. ^ Edsall, Thomas B.; Broder, David S.; Webb, Robert A. (January 14, 1984). "Jackson Officials Announce Selection of Campaign Staff". The Washington Post. p. A5. 
  15. ^ Mills, David (August 11, 1990). "Mistrial: The Frenzy at the Finish Line: For Ken Mundy, Celebration Begins". The Washington Post. p. C01. 
  16. ^ Ragland, James (January 27, 1994). "Kelly's Recent Hires Seen as Campaign Move". The Washington Post. p. J01. 
  17. ^ Williams, Vanessa; Powell, Michael; Harris, Hamil R. (May 7, 1998). "Chavous Picks a Winner to Manage His Mayoral Campaign". The Washington Post. p. J01. 
  18. ^ Harris, Hamil R.; Woodlee, Yolanda; Williams, Vanessa (August 20, 1998). "Ex-Manager Of Campaign Tells Her Side". The Washington Post. p. J01. 
  19. ^ Montgomery, Lori; Hsu, Spencer S. (February 17, 2005). "Key Aide Gets Reshuffled". The Washington Post. p. T02. 
  20. ^ Montgomery, Lori; Woodlee, Yolanda (April 28, 2005). "Would-Be Mayors Are Testing Waters for 2006". The Washington Post. p. T02. 
  21. ^ "Declaration of Winner and Certification of Election Results: Special Election Held November 6, 2012 for the Office of Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia" (PDF). District of Columbia Board of Elections. November 29, 2012. p. 29. 
  22. ^ Wright, James (December 5, 2012). "DC Political Roundup: The Race Begins". The Washington Informer. 
  23. ^ Craig, Tim (November 28, 2012). "Here Comes Another Special Election for D.C. Council". The Washington Post. 
  24. ^ Suderman, Alan (December 10, 2012). "Anita Bonds D.C.'s Newest Councilmember". Washington City Paper. 
  25. ^ "Election Results". Bonds Holds Council Seat; Silverman 2nd, Mara 3rd, Frumin 4th. April 24, 2013. 
Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Phil Mendelson
At-Large Member, Council of the District of Columbia
2012 – present