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Gray: I'll decide on D.C. mayoral race next week

Decision time is here. Maybe.

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said he will decide next week whether he will give up his post to run against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Democratic primary in September. Gray made his comments publicly Thursday on WPFW-FM.

In a brief interview with D.C. Wire on Wednesday, Gray said he and millionaire developer R. Donahue Peebles, another potential candidate, were in discussions. Gray said he believes there should be one main challenger to Fenty to make it a two-way contest.

Though several lesser-known candidates have filed to run against the mayor, Gray has name recognition and status and Peebles has promised to self-fund his campaign. That puts them each in a position to make a serious run against Fenty, who has raised nearly $4 million for his campaign.

Gray said he plans to have more discussions with Peebles over the weekend.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Nikita Stewart  |  March 25, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Chairman Gray is a strong candidate for Mayor. I hope he runs.

As Council Chairman, Gray's capable of handling budgets and keeping egos in line. He's been an ardent supporter of DC statehood and voting rights initiatives. He's also found a way to work with an increasingly isolated Mayor. None of these are easy tasks.

Gray's image on channel 13 may seem Spock-like at times, but don't be fooled. He's approachable and charismatic in person.

I'm no one of any importance, but Chairman Gray's got my vote and endorsement.

Posted by: nwrepresent1 | March 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Peebles, please step aside and use your money to fund Gray's campaign. You don't stand a chance. Gray is the only one who can beat Fenty and he's already got my vote if he runs.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | March 25, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I too, will vote for Gray if he runs for mayor. DC needs a strong, intellegent person to lead our city, Gray has all the skills needed to defeat Fenty.

Posted by: fivetogo | March 25, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Ok. Let me understand this correctly. Vincent Gray and Don Peebles meet to determine the best way to beat Fenty. Like "if I don't run. Then you run. And i do run, then you don't"? Is that it? Ridiculous!

Why would the voters trust someone that is already cutting backroom deals. And the deals involve who will be the chief executive of the district. If you think you are the best person for the job. CAMPAIN AND RUN FOR OFFICE! And run on your merits. Not personal attacks and race baiting.

And what will they do differently? No policy changes (that they will admit to in front of white people.) Listen to that civil rights language. We will bring the city together as one. We have a divided city.

Idiot!!!! We have a divided country. DC has been racially polarized for ever. But you, as Mayor, are going to fix that.

How you going to get that done? Got magic feel-good fairy dust in your pocket? That is just the a-typical politician emotional play. They really think Black people are dumb. It is a promise that will never and can never be satified by policies exacted in the Wilson building.

Fenty has done an outstanding job as mayor. And, unlike them, he is utterly committed to the job. I have never heard him insult another politician. and the city services under Fenty are the best the district has ever seen.

So, screw all that. Lets vote for the guys that don't know if they wan to run. They have no idea what they can do to improve on the Job Fenty did. Oh, other than be more "humble." Less arrogant. And, make us "one city." Wharever that fluffy crap means.

Yeah, the Millionaire that is running because he is pissed he lost a deal (and the market is crappy) and a race baiting 70 year old man that is pissed about baseball tickets. Ok. That is what we need.

Posted by: politicalrealist | March 26, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

So political realist - will you be voting against anyone who makes "back-room deals?"

Has it occurred to you that if you're reading about it in the paper, then it's not a back-room deal?

Posted by: efavorite | March 27, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

@efavorite, way to go!

Posted by: fivetogo | March 27, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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