Next year voters in D.C. will elect an attorney general for the first time. The city's mayor currently appoints the attorney general, but voters approved a referendum in 2010 to make it an elected office.
Ahead of that election, the D.C. Council is considering changes to the structure of the District's legal team in advance of the transition — transferring some of the attorney general's authority to the mayor. The changes are being promoted by Mayor Vince Gray and current Attorney General Irv Nathan, but they are being opposed by organizations that fought for the election of an attorney general.
Here are two perspectives on just how much—or how little—authority an elected D.C. attorney general should have.