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Jim Graham ‘reluctant to walk away’
D.C. Council member Jim Graham hinted Thursday that he’s likely to seek reelection next year, even though he may be reprimanded next week for violating city ethics standards.
“I’m always very reluctant to walk away,” Graham said. “And I think if the election were held today in Ward 1, I would win, against any field.”
Now in his fourth term, Graham has excelled at maintaining his hold on Ward 1, melding constituent services, a progressive voting record and quirky demeanor to become one of the most recognized politicians in the city.
Four years ago, Graham received 56 percent of the vote against two challengers in the Democratic primary. But Graham, 67, will have to decide soon whether he plans to compete for a fifth term in a race that could prove his toughest to date.Continue reading this post »
Gray orders license plate change: ‘District of Columbia’ instead of ‘Washington D.C.’
The D.C. government is taking another major step toward the city becoming known solely by its legal, historical name, the “District of Columbia.”
On Friday, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) published a new mayoral order changing the city’s license plates from “Washington D.C.” to the “District of Columbia.” The name change means the city’s “taxation without representation” license plates will be redesigned.
“Under the charter that establishes Home Rule in the District, we are the District of Columbia, and the plates should match that,” said Pedro Ribeiro, a Gray spokesman. “This is the District of Columbia, and to a lot of folks, in their minds, that is what we are: We are D.C.”Continue reading this post »
Gray to help kick off Nationals spring training
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will travel to Florida this weekend to help the Washington Nationals kick off spring training.
Gray (D), a baseball enthusiast who plays in a recreational softball league, will throw out the first pitch for Sunday’s game against the Florida Marlins.
Pedro Ribeiro, a Gray spokesman, said the Washington Nationals invited the mayor to participate in the opening weekend of spring training. Gray is paying his own way, Ribeiro said.
The Nationals train in Viera, near Cape Canaveral.
Gray, 70, played baseball when he was a student at Dunbar High School. He often boasts he was scouted by two professional teams, but instead went on to George Washington University.
But he’s been playing recreational baseball and softball for the past 50 years. Gray will return to the District Sunday night.
Mara gets boost from former GOP congress members
Republican Patrick Mara is trying to boost fundraising for his D.C. Council campaign, including holding an event next week featuring former GOP congress members Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri and Tom Davis of Virginia.
Mara, a D.C. school board member and a business development consultant, is running in the April 23 special election for an a citywide at-large council seat. The post was vacated by Phil Mendelson (D) when he became council chairman.
But Mara is not keeping pace with Democrats Matthew Frumin, an attorney, and Elissa Silverman, a former reporter now on leave from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, in the hunt for campaign funds, according to an initial round of campaign finance reports.
That may cause Mara, who is making his third bid for office, to have to lean heavily on traditional GOP donors.
According to the event invitation, David and Elizabeth Carmen will host a $500 per person fundraiser for Mara at their Palisades home on Tuesday. David Carmen, who’s been active in GOP politics for more than two decades, runs a prominent government relations firm.Continue reading this post »