Former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt endorsed Councilwoman Anita Bonds for the April 23 special election.

Pratt served as the District's mayor for a tumultuous single term, from 1991 to 1995, and oversaw a ballooning budget deficit.

The Bonds campaign released a statement Wednesday afternoon announcing Pratt's endorsement.

"She knows how to pull together the different constituencies to get things done," Pratt said in the statement.

Pratt also cited the need to get more women involved in politics.

Bonds is currently serving on the council after being appointed by a committee of District Democratic insiders to follow Phil Mendelson when he stepped up to council chairman. She is the protege of another D.C. mayor: Marion Barry.

There are seven candidates vying for the at-large council seat.