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D.C. man suing ANC candidate who allegedly tackled him

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ANC candidate Grace Daughtridge
Local,DC,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

The District man who said he was assaulted outside a polling place by a candidate for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission seat is suing her.

Erik Anderson, 45, filed a civil assault and battery complaint against Grace Daughtridge and is seeking a restraining order, according to court documents.

Daughtridge was arrested Tuesday on charges of simple assault for the incident. She was a candidate for an ANC seat in Ward 6, but she lost to the incumbent.

Anderson said that at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, he was walking over to the King Greenleaf Recreation Center in the Southwest Waterfront area to vote when he saw one of Daughtridge's signs on the ground. He said he picked it up and planned to give it to the candidate or take it over to the polling area and leave it with other signs.

"If I was looking to destroy the sign, I would have either torn it up or gone away from the polling area," he told The Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

Anderson said that he folded the sign, put it under his arm, reached into his coat pocket to get out the phone and saw Daughtridge -- who belongs to the Carrollsburg Square Condominium Association, as does he -- running down the sidewalk. Because she was running in the direction of her home, Anderson said he didn't think much of her movements.

But Daughtridge attacked him in a manner that was "almost like a football tackle," Anderson said. He was knocked to the ground, and she came down on top of him and yelled homophobic slurs.

Following the assault, Anderson said he continued on to the polling area. When he got there, Daughtridge and her husband, Ron Fields, were there, Anderson said, and accused Anderson of destroying her sign and called him names.

After voting, Anderson headed away from the couple in an effort to avoid them, he recalled. Fields confronted him and said, "I know where you live, I know where you live," according to Anderson.

A poll worker had called police, and Anderson then headed into the polling area to wait for officers to arrive. He said that on his way back to the polling site, he was threatened and called a homophobic slur again, despite the fact that he is straight.

Fields is also named in Anderson's complaint, and Anderson is also seeking a restraining order against him.

Anderson said he was a little sore following the incident, but he was not taken to a hospital.

Attempts to interview Daughtridge on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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