Hillary Clinton’s Name to Appear on a Ballot Next Week

You can’t vote for the former secretary of State, but if you’re really ready for Hillary (and live in D.C.) you can vote for the next best thing Tuesday.

Stacks of 'Ready For Hillary' bumper stickers are seen at the Super PAC offices working on behalf of undeclared US Presidential candidate and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton July 11, 2013 in a shopping center office in Alexandria, Virginia. The 'Ready For Hillary' Super PAC has already mailed out 50,000 'Ready For Hillary' bumper stickers to potential financial donors. The Super PAC is sending out I-Phone buttons, lapel buttons, bumper stickers, t-shirts, hats, and other promotional items.
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Alex Seitz Wald
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Alex Seitz-Wald
March 28, 2014, 8:18 a.m.

Hil­lary Clin­ton may not ap­pear on a bal­lot any­where for at least an­oth­er year and a half, but her (first) name will in just a few days.

On Tues­day, Demo­crats in Wash­ing­ton will head to the polls to de­cide a con­ten­tious may­or­al primary, but farther down the bal­lot, they’ll also have the op­tion of vot­ing for a “D.C. Ready for Hil­lary” slate of can­did­ates run­ning for party-lead­er­ship po­s­i­tions.

The four can­did­ates have no af­fil­i­ation with the su­per PAC of the same name, but they’re fired up about the former sec­ret­ary of State, and want voters to know that.

“We have been strong sup­port­ers of Hil­lary through the years and so we thought that by identi­fy­ing ourselves with the hopes that she would run, that would help people un­der­stand our dir­ec­tion and draw them to us,” said MaryEva Can­don, a long­time loc­al party lead­er who is run­ning on the slate for Demo­crat­ic na­tion­al com­mit­tee­wo­man from the Dis­trict of Columbia. Set­ting the rules for the pres­id­en­tial primary pro­cess is a key job for com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Also on the slate is Ar­ring­ton Dix­on, a former D.c. coun­cil mem­ber, who is run­ning for Demo­crat­ic na­tion­al com­mit­tee­man, along with Philip Pan­nell and Court­ney Snowden, who are run­ning as al­tern­ates. Dix­on and Can­don have both pre­vi­ously served as DNC mem­bers, in­clud­ing dur­ing the 2008 Demo­crat­ic primary. If they win, they’ll also serve on the loc­al party’s ex­ec­ut­ive com­mit­tee.

Can­don said the Clin­ton name (and paraphernalia) are a ma­jor draw. “If you sup­port Hil­lary, you might like to sup­port us, in­stead of oth­ers run­ning for the same po­s­i­tion,” she says she tells people at events. “People want our stick­ers, it’s really fun.”

They’ll be com­pet­ing against can­did­ates run­ning on a “The Rent Is Too Darn High” slate, among oth­ers.

While the Ready for Hil­lary can­did­ates have no of­fi­cial con­nec­tion to the Ready for Hil­lary su­per PAC, Can­don said she and her run­ning mates are mem­bers of the grass­roots or­gan­iz­a­tion, and want to sup­port their work. “We are not a sub­si­di­ary of them, but we are an ad­voc­ate of them,” she said. “We are a grass­roots ef­fort that wants her to run also, so we bor­rowed their name, Ready for Hil­lary, and ad­ded D.C. so we wer­en’t ex­actly the same.”

Ready for Hil­lary (the su­per PAC) de­clined to com­ment for the re­cord, but those close to the group see it as evid­ence of the strength and pop­ular­ity of their brand (which is it­self de­riv­at­ive of the strength and pop­ular­ity of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s brand).

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