Chelsea Cirruzzo
Oct 14, 2021 - News

D.C. organizers start petition for tipped minimum wage

Tipped minimum wage rally in D.C.
Photo: Chelsea Cirruzzo/Axios

Campaigners to raise tipped minimum wage began collecting signatures yesterday for a similar ballot initiative that voters approved in 2018 — only to be overruled by council members.

Details: Initiative 82 aims to gradually raise the minimum wage of tipped workers to full parity with minimum wage in D.C.

Cuneyt Dil
Oct 13, 2021 - Politics

Council member Robert White runs for D.C. mayor

Robert White exits the Office of Campaign Finance after filing to run for mayor, wearing a "vote" face mask.
Photo: Cuneyt Dil/Axios

At-large Council member Robert White joined the D.C. mayor's race Wednesday, emphasizing the need to stem violent crime and fight poverty.

Why it matters: White's entry sets up a likely contest against Mayor Muriel Bowser to lead the nation's capital amid a spike in homicides and the pandemic's continued disruption to health and the economy.

Cuneyt Dil
Oct 12, 2021 - Politics

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine won't run for office in 2022

Karl Racine stands before microphones at a press conference
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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said Tuesday he will not run for office next year, capping off two terms where the Democrat took on former President Donald Trump and corporate titans.

Why it matters: For years, Racine captured national attention and considered running for mayor, but now his exit sets the stage for a competitive race to fill his seat, and other candidates to run for mayor.

Cuneyt Dil
Oct 12, 2021 - Politics

Scoop: Ex-council member Orange seeks comeback

Vincent Orange shown wearing an orange mask bearing his initials "VO."
Vincent Orange's "VO" initials emblazoned on a mask. Photo: Sarah L. Voisin for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Former council member Vincent Orange tells Axios he plans to run in Ward 5, and a poll that includes potential candidates shows him leading the pack.

Why it matters: Ward 5 is the second-fastest-growing ward in the city, and the race to become its next council member has turned into a free-for-all due to incumbent council member Kenyan McDuffie not seeking reelection.

Cuneyt Dil
Oct 8, 2021 - Politics

Council member Robert White considers D.C. mayoral run

At-large D.C. Council member Robert White at a lectern.
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Democratic At-large Council member Robert White is considering jumping into the District’s mayoral race, his two-time campaign chair tells Axios.

Why it matters: White would immediately become the strongest rival to Mayor Muriel Bowser to lead the nation’s capital. He's taking a "hard look at a run for Mayor," Mathew Frumin, who chaired his two successful at-large campaigns, said in a text. "No more to add on that now."

Cuneyt Dil
Oct 7, 2021 - Politics

D.C. Council member McDuffie not running for re-election

Ward 5 D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie giving a speech
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Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie will not seek re-election for his seat, his former campaign chairman tells Axios.

  • “He has made a decision to not run for council anymore,” said Pierpont Morgan Mobley, who chaired his 2018 campaign.
Cuneyt Dil
Oct 4, 2021 - Politics

D.C. Council member mum on vaccination status

Ward 8 D.C. Councilmember Trayon White
Council member Trayon White. Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

D.C. Council members are debating a vaccine mandate for themselves and their staffers, and one lawmaker is mum on whether he received a shot.

  • The new proposed mandate would require all council employees to receive a vaccine by the end of the month or face unpaid leave and potential termination.
  • The policy says council members who don't get vaccinated would be subject to "appropriate discipline."
  • The rule allows for medical or religious exemptions but would still mandate regular COVID-19 tests.

Yes, but: Ward 8 council member Trayon White has pushed back against any proposed reprimands for the unvaccinated, Axios' Cuneyt Dil reports.

Chelsea Cirruzzo
Oct 4, 2021 - News

Challenger jumps into D.C. Council chair race

Erin Palmer is pictured with her family.
Erin Palmer (center) with her family. Photo: Reana Kovalcik/Erin Palmer campaign.

A local leader and lawyer has thrown her hat in the ring for chair of the D.C. Council.

Democrat Erin Palmer, 40, an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Takoma, announced on Sept. 25 that she is challenging chair Phil Mendelson for his seat.

  • Palmer tells Axios' Chelsea Cirruzzo that her campaign expects to announce today that they've met the requirements to be certified as a participating candidate under D.C.'s Fair Elections Program.
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