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Vincent Gray changing sites for remaining town halls

Washington Post staff

The campaign for Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the Democratic nominee for mayor, announced Friday that the locations of his remaining town hall meetings would be changed.

The move follows criticism that the campaign was breaking District law that prohibits the use of public resources for partisan political activities. Gray held his first meeting at a charter school in Ward 5 and was scheduled to hold the Ward 2, 6 and 7 town halls in public schools. Earlier in the campaign season before the September primary, candidates were warned about holding events at schools.

Campaign spokeswoman Traci Hughes had said that the principals of the schools had given the campaign permission to use the buildings and that D.C. Public Schools had not weighed in.

But the campaign is now clearly standing down. Tuesday's Ward 7 Town Hall will now be held at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church. It was previously scheduled for Sousa Middle School.

"We certainly didn't want to distract from the town halls," Hughes said Friday.

The locations of the other town halls are now listed as "TBD."

By Nikita Stewart  | October 8, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  
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Obviously, from the lack of public comment, this is a HUGH issue for The Washington Post and not many citizens.

Posted by: mrpozzi | October 9, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

In re: Mr. Pozzi, the lack of public comment is more likely due to the fact that Gray released "news" late on a Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend. Readership for news is typically down during these times. The timing was a political tactic to minimize the negative impact. Ask any political science/communications person and they'll agree.

Here is my comment: Before even becoming Mayor-elect, Mr. Gray showed that he lacked integrity and character in his townhall site selection. Integrity and character were 2 of his core campaign promises. He broke his promise.

Mr. Gray planned to have nearly half of the townhalls at illegal sites. Can we expect a Mayor Gray to break his campaign promises nearly half of the time?

Posted by: jmc39 | October 10, 2010 4:42 AM | Report abuse


Where was your outrage when Fenty was passing out millions to his boys from the hood.

People like you are full of shxx. Fenty did no wrong but you cannot wait to climb all over a non-issue such as this crap.

At least Gray has made the move to correct any illegal actions presented by holding the meetings in the schools.

Meanwhile, Fenty has dropped his fake pretense that he regretted any of the actions taken by him during the past three years--legal and illegal. Said he would not change a thing.

So when you begin to spout your bull, at least attempt to keep it real.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 11, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

jmc39 why do you think holding a town hall meeting with voters where said voters get to ask questions of elected leaders is ilegal, Which law. How is using public builing to talk about poublic busienss not the best marginal utility of public good vs. holding them in private facilities.

You, me can rent these gyms out, anyone can.....

BTW I might as well ask......Do you under stand the concept of freedom of speech, specifically with campaigns; Let alone our democratic duty to engage leaders that want to represent us, have you been to one of these townhall or are you just thowin stones at those us that care enough to engage.

FYI The way you express yourself hints of wanted meetings in a bathroom ~it's ugly

Posted by: SonofNels | October 11, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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