My endorsement: Don’t turn back the clock
By Sarah Barak
I endorse D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for reelection because the lives of many residents have improved greatly during his term. For the first time, officials have ticketed my neighbors for improper garbage disposal that lures rats. Requests for city services are handled promptly, and many wards in the city have benefited from new recreational facilities.
Fenty has delegated leadership to capable hands. The District’s homicide rate is the lowest it’s been in years thanks to the leadership of Police Chief Cathy Lanier, whom Fenty nominated and continues to support. In spite of the controversy that surrounds her, Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee continues to improve public education for D.C. students. The school system has improved, but there is still more work to be done.
I have no illusions that Fenty is perfect; he has been aloof and has — with the D.C. Council — imprudently drawn down the city’s general fund. But Fenty’s assets outweigh his defects, and the city is undoubtedly a better place to live because of his work. I’m afraid that a vote for D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray will take the District back a decade, and we can’t afford that.
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| September 4, 2010; 5:22 PM ET
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