Washington Post: Race for D.C. Council chair means first explaining: What’s council chair?

Michael Brice-Saddler and Julie Zauzmer Weil

D.C. Council chair might be among the District’s most powerful local positions — but many voters don’t know much about it.

“There’s a lot of civic education that goes along with running in this race,” said Erin Palmer, 40, one of two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat. “By and large, people don’t understand what the position is, or that it’s a citywide position, or what falls under the purview of the council chair.”

In the June 21 Democratic primary, Palmer is challenging incumbent Phil Mendelson, who has held the office for a decade.