The AFRO, a newspaper that caters to the city's black community, has endorsed D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray over incumbent Adrian M. Fenty in the mayor's race.
In its editorial, the newspaper scolds Fenty for being disconnected from the city's African American community.
"Through his own admission, Fenty has been aloof to the African-American community and he apologized, promising to do better," the editorial states. "Even so, Blacks have felt somewhat neglected under his watch and the mayor's lack of response to their needs has left much to be desired."
Although the paper said it was "genuinely impressed" with former television reporter Leo Alexander, also a candidate, it chose to back Gray because it said he "comes to the table with diplomacy and a knack for being in tune with the needs of District residents."
"The Ward 7 resident has promised to ensure transparency and inclusiveness in the office of the mayor and -- armed with a three-prong approach for efficiency -- will immediately tackle unemployment while fostering a strategy for increased economic development opportunities," the editorial states. "He responded on a recent AFRO-candidates' questionnaire that he has demonstrated a thoughtful, mature and fiscally responsible approach to offset the city's budget woes."
In the newspaper editorial wars, the Washington Post and the Washington Hispanic have endorsed Fenty. Gray has also won the support of the InTowner and the Current.