DC Chamber Government Affairs Update – November 2022

DC General Election Update:

With her election victory on November 8, Bowser becomes the first female African American mayor in history elected to three consecutive 4-year terms. Fresh off her victory, the Mayor announced her transition plans heading into and beyond her January 2 swearing-in.

In a closely watched Council race featuring three incumbent members vying for two At-Large seats, Democrat Anita Bonds and Independent Kenyon McDuffie prevailed over Elissa Silverman. In a tightly fought contest for a second At-Large seat, the more moderate McDuffie bested Silverman, a champion of progressive legislative causes, by 9,000 votes. McDuffie’s strong showing gave a shot in the arm to the business community, which backed his candidacy. Newcomer Graham McLaughlin finished fourth with 10 percent of the final vote.

See final DC Board of Election results, including Council, ANC and school board races here.

The Business Community Successfully Lobbies for Greater Deliberation on Complex Data Bill

The persistent work of the DC Chamber and its partners paid off this week as Councilmember Robert C. White, Jr. announced he would postpone until early next year formal action on controversial Algorithms legislation. The measure would impose sweeping new restrictions on tools increasingly adopted by a wide range of organizations to help serve DC residents, from DC government to local hospitals, universities and small business vendors. The Chamber’s government relations team continues to lead advocacy efforts by a large and diverse coalition of organizations to improve the legislation.

See our Legislative Alert here


Annual Meeting & Chairman’s Inaugural Breakfast. December 16, 2022, from 8:30-10:30 am at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest, Washington, DC. To register, please visit: Annual Meeting & Chairman’s Inaugural Breakfast.

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