The election of Kabel as chairman marks the third time he will serve in that post, which has a two-year term.
In November, Kabel led the charge against newly elected D.C. Councilman Michael Brown, managing director of government affairs at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, saying that Brown was ineligible to take office because although he registered as an independent in May 2008, many of his campaign materials listed him as an “Independent*Democrat.”
Under the D.C. Home Rule Act, only three at-large members of the council, including the chairman, may be from the same party. With the Democrats’ overwhelming majority in Washington, that essentially means two at-large seats are reserved for non-Democrats—Republicans, Independents, and others.
The D.C. Court of Appeals dismissed the Republican Committee’s claim on Dec. 31.
The elections also added former Ward 2 D.C. Council candidate Christina Culver, who runs her own practice in global venture philanthropy, and former At-Large D.C. Council candidate Patrick Mara, manager of government relations at ML Strategies, to the executive committee.