My endorsement: Where’s the case against Fenty?
By Alan Lopatin
On Saturday, I exercised my civic responsibility and went to vote at one of the District’s convenient satellite voting sites. I went intending to vote for Adrian Fenty, but I kept an open mind and was willing to be convinced otherwise.
I approached three supporters of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray and asked them a simple question, “Why Gray?” None offered a concrete reason to change horses in mid-stream beyond “Gray’s a gentleman,” “He’s not Fenty” and “Appearances matter.” And each was angry at Fenty for some reason (had worked for him, had voted for him, was upset with Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and her treatment of teachers).
“What about results?” I asked.
“Go to our Web site,” they told me.
I’ve spent 32 years in the District, my entire adult life. My wife and I raised and educated our kids here (and they came back for more after college out of town). From my perspective, the District seems to be going in the right direction. I see attention being paid to our schools, our public services, a vital entertainment industry for “after the monuments close” and our challenging relationship with Congress. Sure, I’d rather get more than 7 61/27 minutes for a quarter at a meter. And I’ll admit that the mayor comes across as having an ego, perhaps. But is that a reason to throw him out?
I encourage my neighbors to study the issues and the candidates, even if for only the time it takes to walk to the polling booth. I voted for Fenty, and I encourage you to join me.
To participate in "My endorsement," make the case for your candidate in the D.C. mayor's race in 200 words or fewer, and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org with “My Endorsement” in the subject line. Please include your ward number, a day and evening phone number (not for publication) and a note describing any connection you have to any of the candidates, their campaigns or D.C. politics in general.
| September 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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