DC Mayoral Election — Large Independent Field?

Early voting this week started under a shadow. As the Washington Post explained, last week Jeffrey Thompson pled guilty to various federal and DC campaign finance law violations, and now DC residents are concerned that Mayor Vincent Gray may be indicted. Gray has said he does not plan to leave office if indicted and he remains in the mayoral race.

Given the situation, a closer look at DC’s election law relating to independent candidates is in order. The law allows an independent candidate to enter the race as late as 90 days before the general election. That means independent candidates have until the beginning of August to announce a run.

Under these circumstances, we are likely to see a large independent field of candidates who enter late in the race.

But the outcome of the Democratic primary–still unknown–could change everything.


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A Few Legal Blogs

Non-Profits and Government

Non-Profit Organizations

American Constitution Society http://www.acslaw.org/acsblog

Bread for the City http://www.breadforthecity.org/blog

Federalist Society http://www.fedsocblog.com/

Legal Aid Society of DC http://www.makingjusticereal.org

National Women’s Law Center http://www.nwlc.org/our-blog

NRDC http://switchboard.nrdc.org

Vital Voices http://www.vitalvoices.org/blog

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless http://washingtonlegalclinic.wordpress.com

Whitman-Walker http://whitmanwalkerdc.wordpress.com


Centers for Disease Control – Public Health Matters Blog http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog

Environmental Protection Agency – Environmental Justice In Action http://blog.epa.gov/ej

FDAVoice https://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice

Federal Communication Commission Blog http://www.fcc.gov/blog

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information Blog http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog

Small Business Administration – Small Business Cents http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/community-blogs/small-business-cents

GULC blogs

American Criminal Law Review http://www.americancriminallawreview.com/Drupal/aclr-blog

Georgetown International Environmental Law Review http://gielr.wordpress.com

Georgetown Law Journal Online (Ipsa Loquitur) http://georgetownlawjournal.org/ipsa-loquitur

Institute for Public Representation http://instituteforpublicrepresentation.org

Blogs started by law students

Blawgconomics (law, economics, politics, culture) http://blawgconomics.blogspot.com

First @ One First (Supreme Court) http://f11f.wordpress.com

Franklin Graves: A Law Student’s Digital Mark (IP and copyright) http://www.franklingraves.com

Law and Batting Order (sports law) http://www.lawandbattingorder.com

Subchapter Tax http://subchaptertax.wordpress.com