It looks like the long legal fight over the District’s first elected attorney general is finally over. The District’s Court of Appeals refused today to review an earlier appeals ruling that went in favor of attorney general candidate Paul Zukerberg.

The ruling against District attorney general Irv Nathan means that the election will have to take place either this year or early next year, as required by a 2010 referendum, rather than in 2018, the year it had been moved to by D.C. Council legislation. A spokesman for Nathan didn’t respond to LL’s request for comment.

The D.C. Board of Elections, which refers questions about whether the election can be held in November to the attorney general’s office, started issuing nominating petitions to attorney general candidates on June 13.

“Everybody seems to be on board,” Zukerberg says. “Looks like we’re good to go.”

Next up for Zukerberg: actually running for office. He’s already facing one opponent in well-connected defense attorney Mark H. Tuohey, while other potential candidates are also considering the race.

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