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Posted at 3:14 PM ET, 09/ 2/2010

My endorsement: Fenty the promise-keeper

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Arkan Haile
Ward 6

I endorse Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for re-election. This election is (or should be) a referendum, above all else, on the mayor’s record. Four years ago we elected a no-nonsense, results-oriented man as our next mayor. We got our wish. By almost any measure, the city is a better place to live and work in than it was four years ago.

But unfortunately, for some, this election has become a referendum on the mayor’s “personality.” My issues and concerns don’t require a certain personality type; they require good ideas, sound planning and better execution. Further, whatever his personal failings, the mayor has owned up to them and promised to do better. True, it’s a “campaign promise,” but so were his promises of four years ago, and we know how those turned out. The mayor, if nothing else, is sincere and full of resolve.

I’m confident he will learn from his mistakes and become a better man and mayor for it. He has certainly earned the right to try.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 2, 2010; 3:14 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, My Endorsement  
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Comments

A better city? Have you looked at the cash reserves lately?

Keeps promises? What about the promise of there being a rate study for the taxicab meter?

Learning from his mistakes? A crack addict has to lose everything first, and then there might be hope for rehabilitation in the distant future. It's no different with a power addict.

Posted by: starclimber9 | September 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Keep dreaming because Fenty has divided this city by race and class. He deserves to lose at the polls. Good riddance to him and Ron Moten.

Posted by: Ward4DC | September 2, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Some guy wrote a comment suggesting that before Fenty the city was united as far as race and class go. Really?

Posted by: nmoses | September 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't know you, but you are incredulous to suggest personality and personal failings don't matter!

Posted by: TalkingBack | September 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Do you really think that the only thing that people care about is personality.

Try doing some research on Fenty.

You vote for Fenty and I will vote for Gray. The polls suggest that Fenty will be history. I hope that he is later indicted.

When Fenty stole money from one his older clients, that should have been enough not to vote for him. Trust and believe, a leopard never changes his stripes.

Posted by: samvped205 | September 2, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

“We Believe in Mayor Fenty” – Please check out the videos that we have created in support of the Mayor. It shows a Ward 6 mother supporting Mayor Fenty, a Ward 3 mother, and a small Latino business, La Morenita, expressing their strong support.

http://www.youtube.com/user/WeBelieveinFenty

We also created a poster for each Ward, where you can print, post and show your friends that the Mayor Believes in the District.

http://twitpic.com/photos/WeBelieveFenty

Twitter: @WeBelieveFENTY

Vote FENTY – September 14, 2010!

Posted by: davidgdo | September 3, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

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