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Posted at 3:18 PM ET, 09/ 2/2010

My endorsement: Because Gray cares

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Sharon Gang
Ward 3


From the tiniest town to the biggest metropolis, mayors are the go-to individuals for anyone needing help from their city. From road repairs to public safety to trash pickup and education, mayors must attend to their constituents’ needs. There is not much money in being a mayor, nor is there much good publicity once you’re in office, so people who seek the job should have other reasons for doing so. The best mayors feel love and responsibility for the people under their watch.

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray cares about and respects the people of this city. He cares about the parents of school-age children; he wants to help senior citizens who need shelter; he cares about people with disabilities; he worries about people without jobs. He is mindful of the people who work for him.

Being mayor is about showing up and showing respect not just at groundbreakings and at the first day of school, but at people’s homes to help them bail out their flooded basements and at funerals to show that someone is thinking of them. As mayor, Vince Gray will show up, and he will show respect. Because he cares.

The writer was deputy director for communications for Mayor Anthony A. Williams from 2001 to 2006.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 2, 2010; 3:18 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, My Endorsement  
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Comments

Washington Examiner said….Number of D.C. Schools Meeting National Standards PLUNGES!

It’s time for Michelle Rhee and Mayor Fenty’s experiment on DCPS to end:

1. 8 out of 87 DCPS elementary schools met their DC CAS AYP targets

2. 2 out of 34 middle and high schools met their DC CAS AYP targets

Over the past 3 years the number of DCPS Schools NOT meeting their DC CAS National Targets has increased since Mayor Fenty hired school Chancellor, Michelle Rhee. Rhee continues to recruit unqualified and un-credentialed folks to teach and run our schools. The above facts speaks for themselves.

September 14th…….DC parents will make the needed change happen. Fenty & Rhee must go!

Posted by: hello101 | September 5, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

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