At First Debate, D.C. Mayoral Contenders Take Aim At Gray | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

At First Debate, D.C. Mayoral Contenders Take Aim At Gray

Play associated audio

D.C.'s mayoral campaign is off and running as the candidates held their first debate on Wednesday night.

The stage at the debate at a downtown law firm was crowded: four D.C. Council members — Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells, and Vincent Orange — and a pair of self-described outsiders, former State Department official Reta Jo Lewis and restaurant owner Andy Shallal.

But a lot of the focus and heat at the debate was directed squarely at the potential candidate not in the room — Mayor Vincent Gray, who remains coy as to whether he will run again.

Wells repeatedly denounced Gray's 2010 campaign, which remains under federal investigation. "We cannot ignore that the mayor ran a corrupt campaign and what we are seeing now with fallout with Jeffrey Thompson that a pay-to-play system is something we are paying for," he said.

While the candidates took aim at the current mayor, they largely avoided criticizing each other. But differences did emerge, particularly over a recent vote by the D.C. Council to delay the 2014 election for the attorney general, which District voters overwhelmingly approved in a voter referendum back in 2010.

Evans, Bowser, and Orange explained why they pushed back the election — they didn't think the city was ready.

The other candidates pounced. "It's unacceptable that we are not upholding the will of the people," said Lewis. "When the people speak, the Council should listen, I find it really kind of obnoxious, frankly," added Shallal.

The mayoral forum was the first of dozens that will be held across the city during the campaign, which will end with the April 1 Democratic primary.

NPR

'Queen Of Crime' PD James Was A Master Of Her Craft

A remembrance of murder mystery writer PD James, who died Thursday at her home in Oxford, England.
NPR

For A Century, Thanksgiving's Must-Haves Were Celery And Olives

Ari Shapiro speaks with Boston Globe editor Hilary Sargent on the use of celery and olives as popular meal items during Thanksgivings of the past and their eventual fade from popularity.
NPR

EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

The Environmental Protect Agency has drafted regulations on Ozone pollution. The latest move exposes divisions between the Obama administration and leading Republican lawmakers over the environment.
NPR

Millennial Doctors May Be More Tech-Savvy, But Is That Better?

Text messages from your doctor are just the start. Millennials are the next generation of doctors and they're not afraid to say "chillax" in a consultation or check Twitter to find medical research.

Leave a Comment

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