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D.C. Council member tosses hat into 2022 mayoral race

Eric Lee | Staff Photographer
Activists have raised more than $45,000 in four days for undocumented immigrants in D.C. through a GoFundMe page.

At-large D.C. Council member Robert White announced his campaign to be the District’s mayor Wednesday, becoming the first high-profile candidate to throw their hat in the ring for 2022.

White, a Democrat who was first sworn in to the Council in 2016, announced his campaign via Twitter and will hold a campaign kickoff event Thursday with D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. White said in a statement that his campaign will focus on fighting education inequality and poverty in the District.

“Imagine instead a city where we fight against education inequality and poverty with ambitious goals and clear accountability,” White said in the statement. “Imagine a city where no resident feels like an inconvenience to our government, but rather a partner; an ally fighting arm-in-arm to solve problems and build opportunities.”

Mayor Muriel Bowser has not announced whether she will run for a third term as mayor, and Racine said this week that he will not run for re-election as attorney general or the mayorship.

Ward 8 Council member Trayon White has floated plans to enter the race, Washington City Paper reported. He has not yet filed paperwork to run.

Robert White authored bills that granted the right to vote to D.C. residents who had been imprisoned for felony offenses and established a program that pays housing developers to convert rental units into affordable housing throughout the District.

“We know D.C.’s promise. It’s time to make it real,” he said. “As mayor, rooted in the community that raised me, I will take on the tough fights so that government works the same for everyday people as it does for the wealthy and well-connected.”

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Zach Blackburn, Editor in Chief
Zach, a senior majoring in political communication, is the 2023-24 editor in chief of The Hatchet. He previously served as senior news editor and assistant news editor of the Metro beat. He hails from West Columbia, South Carolina.
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