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The law would have applied to several officials still holding seats to this very day — including council members David A. Catania, at-large independent; Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, and Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat — but lawmakers accepted the general counsel’s interpretation as gospel, and subsequently overturned it in 2001.

Fast forward to 2012 and a foreboding outlook for incumbency that began sweeping the city by way of the 2010 Anybody-but-Fenty storm which cost then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty his job.

Interestingly, had term limits kicked in, Democrat Phil Mendelson, who is seeking the chairman’s seat for a full term, and Mr. Evans, who is pondering a mayoral run, would not be in the comfy positions they now hold.

Voters are all too familiar with the ethical storm clouds hovering above city hall.

Next Tuesday, they have three opportunities to begin clearing the air and seeking revenge by preparing the Fat Lady’s skirts for a gutsy do-over and gusty super storm.

Here’s hoping they take full advantage of each and every one.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at