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D.C. Council Chair Gray Will Challenge Fenty

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By Patrick Madden

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray will reportedly challenge Mayor Adrian Fenty in the upcoming primary.
Gray was tight-lipped as he walked from his office on the fifth floor to the council dais this afternoon, neither confirming nor denying reports of his candidacy for mayor.

I'm going to move on with this hearing; I am not going to discuss that today," he says. "And at such point that I have something to announce, I will announce it."

Gray is expected to make the announcement tomorrow afternoon outside the D.C. government building where candidates file their paper work to run.

Before becoming Council chair in 2006, the 67-year-old served as a Ward 7 council member. Gray's biggest challenge may be the of raising enough cash to compete with Fenty. The mayor has already built up a $4 million war chest.

The democratic primary is September 14th.

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