Wed. May 18th, 2022

DC Councilman McDuffie is not running for re-election

Ward 5 DC Council member Kenyan McDuffie gives a speech
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Congregation member of Division 5, Kenyan McDuffie, will not seek re-election to his seat, his former campaign chairman told Axios.

  • “He has made a decision to no longer run for city council,” said Pierpont Morgan Mobley, who chaired his 2018 campaign.

Why it is important: It creates the chance for McDuffie to run for public prosecutor, a seat he is believed to have shown interest in, says a source familiar with his inner circle.

  • Attorney General Karl Racine has not yet announced whether he will run for mayor, seek a third term or pursue another option.

What’s next: McDuffie’s decision will launch competition in his department and could accelerate candidates running in other important races in the 2022 Democratic primary.

  • Three other candidates has already submitted papers to run in Section 5.
  • They are Faith Gibson Hubbard, most recently director of community affairs for the mayor; Advisory Council Commissioner Gordon-Andrew Lee Fletcher; and Ward 5 Education Board member Zachary Parker.
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