We are disappointed by the D.C. Court of Appeals’ decision to not grant our petition for reconsideration. The decision by the court to rehear this matter was split 4 - 4 for the same reasons many voters, legal experts and organizations have disagreed with the Board of Elections’s decision. While we continue to disagree with the Board of Elections and Court of Appeals’s interpretations of the law with respect to the minimum qualifications for eligibility to run for Attorney General, we nonetheless thank the Court and its staff for their expeditious review.
This fight is not over. At this time, our campaign is discussing what the most recent decision means for Kenyan’s candidacy and the best path forward for the residents of our city, scores of whom have expressed outrage over the Board of Elections’s decision to disregard the Council’s clear legislative intent and to improperly construe the minimum qualifications to run for Attorney General. By disregarding the Council, the Board has effectively prevented voters from exercising their right to review and assess the qualifications of each candidate and to determine who is best qualified to be Attorney General.
If anyone has, in the words of the Councilmembers who drafted the qualifications legislation, the “experience, connection, and commitment to the District” and the knowledge of its “complicated legal system” necessary to serve as Attorney General, it’s Kenyan McDuffie. We want to, again, thank all of the residents and organizations for their extraordinary efforts to right this wrong and for their outpouring of support of Kenyan and our campaign.