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New bill would give D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, other officials $20,000 raises

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by from left, District of Columbia Police Chief Peter Newsham, District of Columbia Council member Charles Allen, District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, speaks at One Judiciary Square in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. District of Columbia officials say they won't appeal a court ruling against a strict city gun law, setting the stage for it to become easier for gun owners to get concealed carry permits in the city. City officials announced their decision not to take the case to the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A bill set to be introduced to the city council in the nation's capital would give the mayor, council chair and city attorney general each $20,000 raises.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Attorney General Karl A. Racine are up for re-election in November without serious challengers. The pay raises would take effect in January.

Mendelson says he's leading the pay raise effort because the mayor's salary of $200,000 has stayed the same since 2007. District law prevents mayoral pay increases to take effect during the mayor's current term. The council chair and attorney general salaries are legally set $10,000 below the mayor's salary, and the other 12 council members get automatic pay raises.

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