Axios: Challenger jumps into D.C. Council chair race

Story by Chelsea Cirruzzo

A local leader and lawyer has thrown her hat in the ring for chair of the D.C. Council.

Democrat Erin Palmer, 40, an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Takoma, announced on Sept. 25 that she is challenging chair Phil Mendelson for his seat.

  • Palmer tells Axios’ Chelsea Cirruzzo that her campaign expects to announce today that they’ve met the requirements to be certified as a participating candidate under D.C.’s Fair Elections Program.
  • For the council chair, that’s 300 donations totaling $15,000 or more. Palmer tells Axios they’ve received 325 donations totaling more than $26,000.

Why it matters: Mendelson was elected as chair in 2012, having previously served as an at-large council member and a neighborhood commissioner.

  • Palmer says her challenge to him is a “leap in a number of ways,” as a new challenger facing off with an incumbent for the council’s highest role.