Tom Perez, the former secretary of labor during the Obama administration, on Thursday endorsed D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie’s run for one of the two at-large seats on the District’s legislative body.

“I know Kenyan McDuffie very well,” Perez, who ran in the Democratic primary in Maryland for governor earlier this year, said in a video released by the McDuffie campaign. “He was my research assistant when he was in law school and I was proud to have him as a trial attorney at the Civil Rights Division when I led it. Kenyan was a star at DOJ and he has been a star on the D.C. Council, fighting for justice and opportunity for everyone. He gets stuff done.”

McDuffie faces seven other opponents in the Nov. 8 general election, including two of his council colleagues, Anita Bonds a Democrat, and Elissa Silverman, an independent.

He has represented Ward 5 on the council since 2012, but eschewed a reelection bid to run for the city’s attorney general seat. However, the D.C. Board of Elections ruled he didn’t meet the qualifications for the position, a decision later affirmed by the D.C. Court of Appeals.

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  1. Isn’t amazing that Kenyan McDuffie didn’t know the rules and regulation for the Office of the Attorney General position. But wants the residents to support and vote for him as an At Large Candidate. Do we as residents and voters take voting seriously. Do you blindly vote for a candidate or do you do your research. Do you note what and how they vote in Committee? Do you check and see what McDuffie stands for. Do you know if McDuffie responses to his constituents or just some of them. Be a wise voter.

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