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Current newspapers endorse Gray

The Current, which publishes several newspapers in Northwest, has endorsed D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

The editorial board of The Current, an influential publication that focuses on neighborhood news, wrote Wednesday that it had a difficult time choosing between Gray and incumbent Adrian M. Fenty (D). But the board ultimately selected Gray, delivering a potentially major boost to the chairman as he seeks to remain competitive with Fenty in Northwest.

"In the end, these distasteful elements of Mayor Fenty's record propel us to endorse Mr. Gray," the board wrote, referring to some of the ethical controversies that have dogged the administration.

The board stressed it supports School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and school reform, but concluded voters should not base their decision on Rhee alone.

"Though education is a major concern, this is not an election for chancellor, but for mayor," the editorial states. "And both candidates have shown a commitment to the issue: Mayoral control of the school system might not exist but for Mr. Gray's success in winning approval of the reform legislation."

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  August 25, 2010; 6:03 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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It is good to know that at least one news organization in DC has some integrity and willing to put the city first.

Posted by: guylady201001 | August 25, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

This race have many issues and is multi-layered and for "ANYONE" to boil this down to ONLY education and Michelle Rhee discounts the other areas of this city where people are suffering at alarming rates.

Posted by: lacairaine | August 25, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

This new paper know a winner when they see it. This why i don"t buy the washington post the paper is a joke

Posted by: ruckoneword | August 25, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I just read the Current endorsement. It's titled "For Mayor" without saying who it's for.

It's a full page column and it's not until the third from the last paragraph that it comes out and endorsed Gray.

Better late than never.

Posted by: efavorite | August 25, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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