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Sierra Club Endorses Gray

Tim Craig

The Sierra Club, an environmental organization with 3,600 members in city, has endorsed D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary for mayor.

"Our decision was not a difficult one," said Gwyn Jones, chair of Sierra Club, D.C. chapter. "During [Gray's] time on the council, he has always been a friend of the Sierra Club and the city's environmental movement. Our records show that he has been a 100 percent green voter for his entire tenure."

Despite incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's efforts to build new bike lanes and promote mass transit, Jones said more than two-thirds of the club's political and executive committee opted for Gray.

Jones said members have been disappointed in many of Fenty's decisions, including his efforts this year to divert the proceeds of the 5-cent bag tax to the general fund, even though the money was supposed to go the Anacostia River Clean-up Fund. The council blocked Fenty's proposal.

"Basically, whenever he's had financial difficulty, he always looked to the environmental stuff first," said Jones, adding Fenty also diverted money from the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund and the Tree Fund. "It's a matter of people's trust. When you say you are going to use these funds for X, people have to trust you are going to do that."

Gray, Jones said, "has been there on basically every issue."

"Vincent Gray has always been willing to listen to us," she said. "He is someone open to listening to both sides and all sides, and at least everyone has a seat at the table."

Gray also announced Friday an endorsement from Veterans and Military Families for Progress, which advocates for current and former members of the armed forces.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  September 3, 2010; 4:04 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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After all the bike lanes in this city Sierra Club is an ungrateful bunch. Gray is running like a Republican, hate my opponent and vote me in. Of course Gray is still working on his platform and will not tell you what he will do if elected. Gray will listen and do nothing so you have been had by a Republican.

Posted by: voter20 | September 3, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I second Voter20

Posted by: pdv1 | September 3, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Federal law gives insight on election issue of DC contracts to friends of Adrian Fenty and here's what we found out with 'NO SPIN' . Check it out and decide for yourself, then pass it on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsUUHQWdNj8
Please vote responsibly.

Posted by: jobforce | September 4, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The Sierra Club is merely saying - in its own way and in the context of its platform issues - what so many others have been saying: that Adrian Fenty is dishonest, duplicitous, and not to be trusted.

We deserve better. All we have to do is vote for it.

Posted by: nan_lynn | September 4, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow...did they say that this wasn't a hard decision. Did they go on to say that Gray gave them a seat at the table? And some how folks like voter20 think that wanting to be heard and wanting to be included translates into being "ungrateful". Comments like these is why the tide as turned on Fenty. Comments like these is just a taste of how many DC Agency treated so many residents and groups. It as if YOU PEOPLE should be happy with what I GIVE YOU and you better not conplain or else.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | September 5, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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