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Two D.C. Council Members Announce Candidacy for Mayor; AG Racine Rules Out Reelection Bid

Two D.C. Council members reportedly have decided to run for mayor in 2022, while the city’s attorney general has indicated he will not pursue reelection or any other elected office.

Council member Robert White (D-At Large) filed paperwork Wednesday with the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance to run in the June 2022 Democratic primary for the city’s top political position. His colleague, Trayon White (D-Ward 8), also plans to throw his hat in the ring for the nomination, Washington City Paper first reported.

Robert White said it was time for change in the District.

**FILE** D.C. Council member Robert White (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** D.C. Council member Robert White (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

“Together, with the courage to do what is right and the conviction to center people over politics, we can make the potential of D.C. a reality,” he said on Twitter Wednesday. “The time is now.”

White said he will explain further his candidacy Thursday in a Zoom meeting for supporters.

Robert White began his tenure on the council in September 2016 when he was appointed to complete the term of Vincent Orange, who resigned after White defeated him in the primary election months prior. He won a full four-year term in the general election that November and was reelected in 2020.

Trayon White, no relation to his fellow council member, has served Ward 8 on the legislative body since 2017, winning reelection in 2020.

He made his mayoral intentions known in the comments section of an Instagram post announcing Robert White’s bid, according to Washington City Paper, which reported that the Ward 8 councilman confirmed to them that he will indeed run but didn’t elaborate.

Incumbent Muriel Bowser (D) hasn’t said definitely whether she will seek a third term.

Meanwhile, D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine won’t be a candidate for any office next year, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Robert White said in his declaration message that Racine will be on his Zoom call Thursday.

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