Anita Bonds (born 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 served as the Chair of the District of Columbia Democratic Party from 2006 to 2018.[3][4] She worked as an executive at Fort Myer Construction, a District contractor.[5]

Anita Bonds
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Member of the Council of the District of Columbia at-large
Assumed office
December 11, 2012
Preceded byPhil Mendelson
Chair of the District of Columbia Democratic Party
In office
November 2006 – September 20, 2018
Preceded byWanda Lockridge
Succeeded byCharles Wilson
Personal details
Born1945 (age 74–75)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of California,

Early lifeEdit

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] She introduced legislation to limit property taxes on senior citizens. Her bill exempted homeowners with a moderate income or lower who have lived in the District for 15 consecutive years.[26]

In 2017, Bonds attended the parade for the inauguration of Donald Trump.[27][28]

In December 2019, Bonds was criticized in the media for revealing the identity of a whistleblower during a public hearing.[29] She claimed the outing was accidental, but some D.C. government employees suggested on background that they believed it was an intentional act of retaliation.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

Bonds is widowed. She has one adult daughter, two adult sons, and seven grandchildren.[30]

Election resultsEdit


2013 Council of the District of Columbia, At Large, Special Election[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anita Bonds 18,027 31
Democratic Elissa Silverman 15,228 27
Republican Patrick Mara 13,698 24
Democratic Matthew Frumin 6,307 11
Democratic Paul Zuckerberg 1,195 2
Democratic Michael A. Brown 1,100 2
D.C. Statehood Green Perry Redd 1,090 2
Write-in 187 0


2014 General Election, Council of the District of Columbia, At-Large Seats[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anita Bonds 85,575 24
Independent Elissa Silverman 41,300 12
Independent Michael D. Brown 28,614 8
Independent Robert White 22,198 6
Independent Courtney R. Snowden 19,551 5
D.C. Statehood Green Eugene Puryear 12,525 4
Independent Graylan Scott Hagler 10,539 3
Independent Khalid Pitts 10,392 3
Republican Marc Morgan 9,947 3
Independent Brian Hart 8,933 3
Independent Kishan Putta 6,135 2
Independent Calvin Gurley 4,553 1
Independent Eric J. Jones 4,405 1
Libertarian Frederick Steiner 3,766 1
Independent Wendell Felder 2,964 1
  write-in 1,472 0


Bonds currently serves on the following committees:[33]

  • Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization (Chair)
  • Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety
  • Committee on Finance and Revenue
  • Committee on Education
  • Committee on Recreation and Youth Affairs

Bonds is also a former member of the Committee on Business and Economic Development.


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  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.
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  32. ^ "General Election Certified Results". District of Columbia Board of Elections. December 3, 2014. Archived from the original on December 20, 2015. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  33. ^
Party political offices
Preceded by
Wanda Lockridge
Chair of the District of Columbia Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Charles Wilson
Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Phil Mendelson
Member of the Council of the District of Columbia