According to reports, two members of the DC Council have decided to run for mayor’s office in 2022, while the city’s attorney general has indicated he will not seek re-election or any other elected office.
Councilor Robert White (D-At Large) submitted documents to the DC Office of Campaign Finance on Wednesday to run for the top political position in the city in the Democratic primary in June 2022. Washington City Paper reported for the first time that his colleague Trayon White (D-Ward 8) wants to throw his hat into the ring for the nomination.
Robert White said it was time for a change in the district.
** FILE ** DC Councilor Robert White (Roy Lewis / The Washington Informer)
“Together with the courage to do the right thing and the conviction to put people above politics, we can make DC’s potential a reality,” he said on Twitter on Wednesday. “The time is now.”
White said he would further clarify his candidacy in a Zoom supporter meeting on Thursday.
Robert White began his tenure on the council in September 2016 when he was appointed to end the term of Vincent Orange, who resigned after White defeated him in the primary months earlier. He won a full four-year term in the November general election and was re-elected in 2020.
Trayon White, who is not related to his fellow councilor, has served Ward 8 on the Legislature since 2017 and was re-elected in 2020.
He announced his mayoral intentions in the comments section of an Instagram post announcing Robert White’s offer, according to the Washington City Paper, which reported that Ward 8 City Council confirmed to them that he would indeed run but did not elaborate on it .
Incumbent Muriel Bowser (D) has not definitely said whether she is looking for a third term.
Meanwhile, DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine will not be a candidate for office next year, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Robert White said in his statement that Racine will be on his Zoom call on Thursday.