Council member Kenyan McDuffie announces bid for DC attorney general

Council member Kenyan McDuffie, who represents Ward 5, is running for D.C. attorney general.

“I will work relentlessly to protect you,” McDuffie tweeted in his announcement Thursday. “I will stand up to powerful interests and hold to account anyone who takes advantage of vulnerable residents.”

McDuffie has been on the D.C. Council since 2012, when he won a special election.

He’s running for the office that will be vacated by current D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, who said earlier in October that he would not seek reelection.

McDuffie praised Racine after the announcement.

“His work has resulted in helping to create a more just District of Columbia,” he said.

Racine has endorsed At-Large Council member Robert White for mayor.

“I am proud to endorse my friend and colleague Robert White to be the next Mayor of D.C.,” Racine said in a statement last week. “Robert leads with compassion, integrity, and experience. He will help usher in a new day for DC. I hope you will join me in giving Robert your enthusiastic support.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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