Tuohey joins race for DC attorney general

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent white-collar defense attorney has joined the race to become the District of Columbia's first elected attorney general.

Mark Tuohey says he filed papers to run for the office on Tuesday.

The D.C. Council had sought to postpone the city's first election for the office until 2018, but an appeals court invalidated that law, putting an election on the fast track for this year. Paul Zukerberg, who sued the council over its move, had been the only announced candidate.

Tuohey is a former federal prosecutor who played a role in bringing Major League Baseball back to Washington. More recently, he has defended Jeanne Clarke Harris, a central figure in the campaign-finance scandal that damaged Mayor Vincent Gray.

The mayor said Wednesday that Tuohey would be an "outstanding candidate."

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