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D.C. Council considers changing April Fools' Day primary

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Local,DC,Alan Blinder,D.C. Council

The D.C. Council on Tuesday took up a proposal that would change the dates of the city's primary elections, including the 2014 contest scheduled for April Fools' Day.

D.C. law currently requires the District to stage its party primaries on the first Tuesday in April, but some lawmakers are hoping to push that date back to the third Tuesday in June.

"I feel very strongly that an April primary is not in the best interests of the Democratic process," said D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, one of the measure's authors.

Supporters argue that an April primary would overshadow the council's work on the city budget, require aggressive wintertime campaigning and turn officeholders into lame ducks more quickly. - Alan Blinder

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