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Fenty Staying Out Of At-Large Race

To end any speculation of a Mayor Adrian M. Fenty endorsement in the competitive at-large council race, spokeswoman Mafara Hobson simply said "no" in an email response. "No." He will not endorse anyone.

Fenty (D) also did not endorse anyone in the special election for the Ward 7 council seat last year when newcomer Victor Vandell draped his campaign in Fenty green and supporters. The association helped caused more friction between Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) since Gray felt that the mayor had reneged on a gentlemen's agreement to stay out of the race. Gray left his Ward 7 seat to take the chairman post.

This year, at-large candidate Mark Long is being labeled a Victor Vandell since he is a childhood friend of Fenty friend and treasurer Ben Soto.

Long, who is running as an independent, was actually in the Ward 7 election as a Democrat. Long, Vandell and more than a dozen other hopefuls lost to Yvette M. Alexander, Gray's pick for his old seat.

All the jockeying has made the race interesting with Democrat Kwame R. Brown being so popular that Democrats Michael A. Brown and Dee Hunter have also turned independent to have a chance at one of the two at-large seats up for grabs.

Republican Patrick Mara has also proved that he is in it for the long haul after upsetting Council member Carol Schwartz in the party's primary. Schwartz, meanwhile, is running as a write-in. And there's even some buzz about Statehood Green David Schwartzman being an alternative.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  September 30, 2008; 11:50 AM ET
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I'd never heard of Mark Long until a few weeks ago when he began showing up at meetings in Ward 4. Now we are seeing his literature everywhere, including a banner atop the vacated Curtis Chevrolet on Georgia Ave. So, was his decision to run for this seat last minute, and what has he done to distinguish himself in civic and community service to merit some recognition at this time? Nothing against him personally, but this is a question I consider for many candidates, not just those who we don't know of until the home stretch of campaign season.

Posted by: DCNeedsNewLeadership | October 1, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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