DC appeals court denies McDuffie rehearing to reconsider GA ballot

McDuffie’s request for a hearing in the DC Court of Appeals was denied on Saturday. With this latest judgment, he may be out of options and out of time.

DC Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s fight to stay on the ballot in the race for attorney general could be over after a ruling by the DC Court of Appeals.

McDuffie’s request for a hearing in the DC Court of Appeals was denied on Saturday. With this latest judgment, he may be out of options and out of time.

The Ward 5 council member requested the hearing after a three-judge court panel agreed with the board of elections that he did not meet the minimum requirements to run in the June 21 Democratic primary.

Although McDuffie is an attorney, DC law requires that candidates for attorney general be “actively engaged” as an attorney in the district for at least five of the past 10 years.



McDuffie’s camp said he met the requirement during his tenure on the legislative branch because he was an attorney employed by DC and was “actively engaged” in legal work in his capacity as a member. advice.

Of the eight justices eligible to vote on McDuffie’s request for a hearing, three were in favor of granting it. A fourth had also leaned toward McDuffie’s position, but concluded there was not enough time for another hearing before the primary in June.

The challenge to McDuffie’s candidacy came from Bruce Spiva, who is also in the running for the attorney general job. Spiva said he was not surprised but “satisfied” that the court shared his reading of the law.

“Councilman McDuffie, while a dedicated public servant, simply did not meet the minimum eligibility requirements to run or be DC’s attorney general,” Spiva told OMCP.

Abigail Constantino of WTOP contributed to this story.

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