Marion Barry Not Running for Mayor but Vincent Gray is Running for Reelection

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Last night former Mayor and current Council Member Marion Barry tweeted:

“Just to set the record straight, I have no intentions of ever running for Mayor of this phenomenal city again.”

And the Washington Post reports:

“D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Monday announced that he will seek a second term, bringing a sudden end to months of uncertainty over whether corruption surrounding his last campaign would keep him from running for reelection.”

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  • Where can i find one of those pins though? lol

  • “Corruption only makes a man stronger.” -said every DC resident that votes to re-elect corrupt politicians

  • So, who is everyone going to vote for? I know I will never vote for Gray, but I’m not all that familiar with the other candidates.

    • why don’t you like Gray?
      i think he’s been a good mayor.

      • He’s been good about fighting for DC’s self-governance, but that’s about it in my opinion. The grip I have against him is how slimy and divisive his campaign was and then turning around after his victory talking about a One City and all that. He played on people’s fears about people moving into the city, and then turned around and claimed to be a unifying force.

        • I agree with most of what you say. In his favor, I think Gray has been a competent administrator and has continued most of Fenty’s initiatives, despite the rhetoric of the last campaign. I am strongly disinclined to vote for him after his conduct in the 2010 election, but I can foresee voting for him as the lesser of all evils if none of the candidates emerges as an viable alternative.

        • the city has seen continued development. continued bike infrastructure. roads with potholes get fixed. trash gets picked up ( mostly).drastically increased funding for the arts and east of the river initiatives. lowered sales tax. higher crime closure rates. gets out and amongst the peoples often.
          i think he’s pretty solid.

      • Currently under investigation for corruption. Reason enough. Where there is smoke, there is fire.

    • Gray’s going to end up behind bars at some point, so I don’t know why anybody would waste their vote on him.

  • Funy thing is, if Marion Barry ran he’d probably have a chance of winning.

    • i wonder.

    • I sincerely doubt Barry would have a chance. DC has changed too much.

      • I think Marion could actually make it out of a crowded primary field where the “new DC” voters were fragmented among various candidates. Marion has a good sized voting block that sticks by him.
        The question would then be – would white liberals hold their nose and vote for a Republican? Or does Marion win? If Marion was the nominee, I can imagine a strong independent candidate might arise for the general election.

        • i bet some younger white voters that don’t really remember barry as mayor, but know barry as celebrity might actually vote for him.

  • I have seen Barry in council meetings. He is so clearly past any prime he may have had that I doubt that any but his most die hard supporters would vote for him. I suspect that support for him is waning in Ward 8 as new residents (slowly) replace the old and agitate for effective representation. As for Gray, barring an indictment, I expect to vote for him for all the (good) reasons already stated by other commenters. I have seen him up close and have watched him in his press conferences; he is good. It would be a shame if it turns out he was foolish enough to have done something indictable. But, I would get over it. I hope (and expect) that DC would get over it as well. I don’t know who I would vote for instead, but my mind is open. I don’t hate (or love) any of them.

  • brookland_rez

    I must say, even though I didn’t vote for him in 2010, I agree with what you’ve said.

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