- Associated Press - Thursday, July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington attorney who’s spent most of her career doing legislative and public policy work is the latest candidate to enter the race for District of Columbia attorney general.

Thirty-seven-year-old Lateefah Williams announced her candidacy Thursday for the position, which District voters will elect for the first time this fall. The attorney general has previously been appointed by the mayor.

Williams has worked as counsel to the state Senate delegation in Prince George’s County, Maryland, among other policy positions.

Williams picked up ballot petitions Thursday at the D.C. Board of Elections. A spokeswoman for the elections board says white-collar defense attorney Karl Racine also picked up petitions Thursday. Racine has not officially announced his candidacy.

Defense attorney Paul Zukerberg and former federal lawyer Edward “Smitty” Smith are also running.

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