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D.C. Council To Vote On Interim Chair

Cheh circulated petition to give Mendelson top seat

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D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson appears to have the support of many of his colleagues to take over the chairmanship of the board for the next few months.
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D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson appears to have the support of many of his colleagues to take over the chairmanship of the board for the next few months.

The acting chairman of the D.C. Council has circulated a resolution that would make Council member Phil Mendelson the interim chairman, according to the Associated Press. 

Mendelson would ascend to the District's second-highest local elected office following last week's resignation of Kwame Brown, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud and a campaign finance violation

Acting Chairman Mary Cheh circulated the resolution Tuesday to council members and staff. Cheh had already voiced her support for Mendelson, who appears to have more than the necessary votes from his 11 colleagues to become interim chairman, AP reports.

Mendelson, a Democrat, intends to run for the position in a special election this fall. The winner would fill out the remainder of Brown's term, which runs through 2014. Council member Vincent Orange also plans to run. 

The resolution would make Council member Michael A. Brown the interim chairman pro tempore. Council members will make their decision during a vote Wednesday.

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