Kenyan McDuffie is running for a seat on DC’s General Council after a failed bid by the Attorney General

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Nearly two months after suspending his campaign for DC Attorney General, Councilor R. McDuffie of Kenya (D-Ward 5) is switching his affiliation with the Democratic Party to run as an independent candidate for a at-large seat in the legislature run for office.

The move offers another chance for political relevance for McDuffie, whose tenure as a Ward 5 councilor ends in January. Last year he waived re-election and instead campaigned for the post of Attorney General. But despite being a front-runner in the Democratic primary, his efforts fell through after a rival successfully challenged his eligibility to run.

Since then, McDuffie’s political future has been one of the most intriguing storylines of this election cycle. At a press conference in May to suspend his campaign for attorney general, McDuffie said the situation had only “deepened his determination” to serve in the city, though he held back when asked about a potential November run. On Friday he cleared up these rumours, In a text to the Washington Post, he said he had filed papers with the DC Board of Elections to apply for a seat at large.

His announcement creates a new dynamic in the general race, where voters will select two candidates in November (by law, at least one of the seats must be occupied by a candidate who is not in the majority party – in this case, someone who is not a Democrat) . McDuffie’s presence could complicate things for incumbent councilor Elissa Silverman (I-At Large), who holds one of those seats and is up for re-election. Council member incumbent Anita Bonds (D-At Large), who won the Democrat-at-large nomination in the primary, will also be on the ballot.

Other independent candidates include city council veteran Karim D. Marshall, business attorney Graham McLaughlin, Fred Hill, who ran for Ward 8 councilor in 2020, and Minister Joe Little. The top two voters in the general are elected to the council.

McDuffie said he will officially launch his campaign in the coming days. To vote, he must collect 3,000 valid signatures from district residents by August 10. Kenyan McDuffie is running for a seat on DC’s General Council after a failed bid by the Attorney General

Dustin Huang

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