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DC Council to consider moving primary to June

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The D.C. Council will consider emergency legislation to move next year's primary election from April to June.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is submitting the bill for consideration at Wednesday's legislative meeting. Mendelson says in a letter to his colleagues that Mayor Vincent Gray supports moving the primary.

Next year's Democratic primary is likely to decide who will be the district's next mayor, but the winner would not take office until Jan. 1, 2015. Four candidates are running, and Gray has not said whether he plans to seek re-election.

Mendelson argues that nine months would be too long for lame-duck officials to remain in office.

An emergency bill would require support from nine of the 13 councilmembers. A non-emergency version of the bill did not make it out of committee.

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