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Mayoral candidates busy tonight with Ward 2 straw poll, Ward 4 forum

Christopher Dean Hopkins

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and his chief Democratic challenger, Vincent C. Gray, will face off in two events Wednesday night in wards 2 and 4.

Polls show that Fenty leads Gray, the current council chairman, in Ward 2, where they will compete in a straw poll. Meanwhile, Gray has been making inroads in Ward 4, where Fenty served as council member for six years before he was elected mayor in 2006.

Nowhere does Fenty have more to lose than in Ward 4. Conventional wisdom and political tarot readers have wards 5, 7 and 8 potentially in Gray's column in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. Fenty would win wards 1, 2 and 3. They would split Ward 6. That clears they way for the mayor's former epicenter of popularity to become the battleground in the race.

Five neighborhood groups are teaming up to hold a 6:30 p.m. forum at Takoma Park Baptist Church at 635 Aspen St. NW. Fenty and Gray will not be in a one-on-one matchup as in recent debates -- other mayoral candidates, including former TV reporter Leo Alexander, have confirmed they will participate. The event also will feature a forum of candidates vying for D.C. Council chairman.

The Ward 2 straw poll, sponsored by the Ward 2 Democrats and the Logan Circle Community Association, will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle NW, with registration beginning at 7 p.m.

By Nikita Stewart  |  July 21, 2010; 11:08 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  
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Your comment" no where does Fenty have more to lose than Ward 4"....
Shouldn't that be, nowhere does Gray have more to lose than losing the entire race???

Posted by: pdv1 | July 21, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse


You are really reaching. I guess with the low life tactics Fenty and his mob are now using, you think that Gray will not win. DC Residents are not stupid.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | July 21, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many Ward 8 residents will be transported to this forum by Moten.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | July 21, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I was present for the ward 4 forum. The forum itself was not all that impressive, too many candidates, therfore, too few questions. Plus they all had the ward 2 forum/straw poll to make. I know one thing, Fenty realized he has a big problem on the home turf. That was quite evident!!!!

Posted by: candycane1 | July 22, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

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