The best known Democrat seeking the D.C. Council seat representing Georgetown and downtown was missing when six candidates convened for a forum before a large gathering of voters and activists.

But the possibility of a comeback by Jack Evans hung over the Thursday night gathering, the first since Evans announced he would try to reclaim the council seat he surrendered last month to avoid being expelled over ethics violations.

“For too long, we in Ward 2 have had to compete for the attention of our council member with paying clients who can afford his price,” candidate Jordan Grossman, 33, told the crowd during his opening statement. “Contrary to the Jack Evans approach, if I’m elected I will be making the decisions based on merit, not based on money from corporations and their lobbyists.”

Read the full article in the Washington Post.