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The Ward 2 town hall was part of Gray's commitment to holding a town hall in all eight of the city's wards before the November election.
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The Ward 2 town hall was part of Gray's commitment to holding a town hall in all eight of the city's wards before the November election.

Democratic mayoral nominee and current D.C. City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, is trying to win the support of voters in parts of the District that largely rejected him in the primary.

Gray won just 27 percent of the vote in Ward 2, which includes Georgetown, Dupont Circle and downtown. It isn't exactly Vincent Gray territory.

But if any in the hundreds of people packed into the Foundry United Methodist Church for a town hall meeting were skeptical, they kept it to themselves.

In fact, Gray was the only one all night to address the resignation of Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

"Let me make something perfectly clear," Gray says, "Chancellor Rhee did not abruptly quit. That is absolutely fallacious. Nor did I ask chancellor Rhee to leave her position."

Gray received a round of applause when he reiterated his commitment to continue the reforms Rhee started, and even more applause when he stressed the importance of restoring career and technical education in D.C.'s public schools.

Ward 2 resident Adam Bink, who voted for Mayor Adrian Fenty in the primary, says Gray will get his vote in November, but still must convince others from the neighborhood.

"I think folks are willing to give him a chance, I think Ward 2, Dupont Circle is Fenty country, heavily Fenty," Bink says.

Gray is scheduled to hold town hall meetings in every ward.

Next week voters in Wards 1 and 8 will get their chance to meet him in person.

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