: News

Filed Under:

Gray's Lead Changes Dynamics Of Mayoral Race

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

With a recent poll showing D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray leading Mayor Adrian Fenty by 17 points, well beyond the poll's 3 point margin of error, there's no question now who the frontrunner is in this year's mayoral contest. This is changing the dynamics in the race.

Mayor Fenty says there is a silver lining in the recent Washington Post poll that shows Fenty badly trailing with about two weeks left.

"One of the things that is going to happen now, is that the dynamic shifts from me being the incumbent and the front-runner to my opponent now being a front-runner, is that he is going to have to answer questions that he didn't have to about his record," says Fenty.

Those questions, Fenty says, include concerns about Gray's leadership at the Department of Human Services during the 1990's, when divisions of the department were put under court receivership.

Gray, meanwhile, says he welcomes the scrutiny.

"I think that everything that possibly could have been talked about, has been talked about, I have enjoyed being a public servant and I have done it with integrity," says Gray.

The primary is September 14th, but early voting is underway at a polling center at judiciary square.

NPR

How Art Transformed A Remote Japanese Island

The population of Naoshima has fallen to 3,000. But this year, its art will attract 800,000 tourists from around the world. "The level of our sophistication has gone up considerably," says a resident.
NPR

After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Amatrice was set to host the 50th celebration of pasta all'Amatriciana famously made there, but this week's earthquake devastated the town. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food blogger Jeremy Cherfas.
NPR

In A Change Of Tone, Trump Reaches Out To Black And Hispanic Voters

In an effort to reach out to minority voters, Trump met with a group of Black and Hispanic leaders on Thursday. Scott Simon speaks with Pastor Mark Burns, who's supported Trump since the primaries.
WAMU 88.5

Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.