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D.C. Council Rejects GOP Nominee For Elections Board

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By Patrick Madden

With city-wide elections less than two months away, the Districts board of elections and ethics is still short one member.

The D.C. Council rejected Mayor Fenty's choice to fill the spot reserved for someone from a minority party.

The council rejected Republican nominee Mital Gandhi by a vote of 7 to 4. The three person board can still operate and issue decisions with just two members. But with this year's hotly-contested mayors race, as well as the slew of changes to the District's election laws, the board will be under more pressure than usual.

City council member Mary Cheh says she's hopeful the mayor and the council will be able to settle on a new nominee.

"There's no reason why if a name comes over soon, we couldn't act before the primary," says Cheh. "I have every confidence that at least from our end we could move quickly."

Gandhi was rejected by some council members because of concerns over his lack of experience and qualifications, and after the vote, Ganhdi, in an email, accused the council of playing politics and labeled its move a Gray for mayor vote.

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