D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie runs for D.C. attorney general – Axios – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Updated Oct 21, 2021 – News

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Council member Kenyan McDuffie speaks before a podium surrounded by family and friends.
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D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie launched his campaign to become the District’s attorney general on Thursday morning.

Why it matters: A wide-open contest is expected to ensue for the seat, since incumbent Karl Racine declined to seek a third term, after elevating the profile of the office as D.C.’s first elected attorney general who took on Donald Trump and Big Tech.

McDuffie said he would build on Racine’s work if elected to the position, praising him as a “tireless advocate for us and a thorn in the side of all those who violate our laws.”

  • Surrounded by family, he said on his front porch that he would go further on protections for consumers and the environment and continue lawsuits against big corporations.
  • “Too many people and businesses cheat the system at the expense of our most vulnerable residents,” he told reporters.

On the council, McDuffie has championed criminal justice reform and most recently shepherded a bill to give low-income families “baby bonds” as an investment in future young Washingtonians.

  • He authored a sweeping bill that aimed to bring a public health focus to crime prevention. Known as the NEAR Act, council members approved it in 2016, but its funding remained a source of friction between lawmakers and Mayor Muriel Bowser, who ha


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