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Gray Kicks Off Campaign For D.C. Mayor

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By Patrick Madden

It's official. D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray will challenge incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in the primary this fall. There was a warm welcome for Council Chair Vincent Gray Tuesday at the Reeves Center on U Street. Gray was there to sign the paperwork for his candidacy. Gray later spoke to the media, but refused to answer questions. He did offer a brief introduction.

"I'm a native Washingtonian. I graduated from the public schools of the District of Columbia. I graduated from George Washington University. In essence, I'm a dyed in the wool homey," says Gray.

Gray's first order of business: fundraising. The Fenty campaign has already raised approximately $4 million - and another potential opponent, wealthy developer Don Peebles, could easily self-finance a campaign. Willie Cook, one of Gray's supporters at the Reeves Center, says he will help right away with the fundraising.

"I'm gonna get 500 people to write $2,000 checks," says Cook.

The primary date is September 14th.

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