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Carol Schwartz is back. As reported this week, she wants to run for mayor.

Many residents who moved to D.C. since she left office five years ago don’t know much about her. Others may have forgotten how she performed while on the Council.

On the issue we focus on — smoke-free workplaces — she was terrible. She blocked the first smoke-workplace bill, keeping it bottled up in her committee. She didn’t support the notion that all workers deserve to breathe clean air on the job.

A smoke-free workplace bill finally passed in 2006 after D.C. Councilmember David Catania (I-At Large), now running for mayor, drafted it and steered it through the Council. Schwartz voted against it. The law likely has saved many lives and staved off respiratory and other illnesses since it fully took effect in 2007. If Schwartz had had her way, it wouldn’t have seen the light of day.

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