Council Votes Again to Push the Attorney General Election to 2018

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By Will Sommer

Former attorney general Peter Nickles

In 2010, 90,316 District residents voted to put D.C.’s first elected attorney general on the ballot in 2014. Today, seven members of the D.C. Council voted to postpone that election until 2018. Guess which vote trumps the other?

Today’s vote, the second successful vote on the bill, sends the bill Mayor Vince Gray for his signature. Mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells, Council chairman Phil Mendelson, and four other councilmembers voted to amend the bill to remove the election delay but failed.

The seven councilmembers who voted for the postponement presented a list of concerns about the election of the attorney general, from the lack of candidates to fears of an official run amok. “We could have an attorney general that really just turns this place upside down,” said At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange.

At-Large Councilmember and potential mayoral hopeful David Catania, who supported holding the election in 2014, blasted the mayoral aspirants who backed the delay (Jack Evans and Muriel Bowser).”They can trust the people to elect them mayor,” Catania says, “But they can’t trust the people to elect an attorney general.”

In related ballot shuffling news, Mendelson’s attempt to move next year’s primary from April to June failed with only …read more

Read more here: Washington City Paper

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