With less than three weeks remaining to the June 21st Democratic Primary, candidates for office have spent the last few weeks knocking on doors and participating in candidate forums and debates across the city. This year’s election marks many firsts: the first highly contested mayoral race since Bowser took office and the first mayoral primary to utilize city-wide mail-in ballots. This is also the first time since 2014 that the race for the AG has been open since Karl Racine was first elected into office and it’s the first time that two veteran councilmembers – McDuffie and Cheh have opted to not seek re-election.
The outcome of this year’s primary election may be one of the most consequential as we could see a firm progressive shift to an already left leaning Council now that McDuffie, chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development and Cheh, chair, Committee on Transportation and the Environment are out.
In addition to the mayor and the attorney general, seven council seats are up for election including council chair. Successful candidates in the June Democratic primary will compete in the November general election. Please see below for general updates and further below for specific seats up for election.