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Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 10/15/2009

Evans: I'll Run for Chairman if Gray Runs for Mayor

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) confirmed today he plans to run for council chairman if incumbent Vincent C. Gray (D) decides to run for mayor next year.

Evans, who has held ambitions to ascend to the chairman's office since his unsuccessful mayoral bid in 1998, made his remarks during an interview with Bruce Depoyt on "NewsTalk" on NewsChannel 8.

"If Vince does runs for mayor, and the chair position is open, I would run for chair of the council," Evans said. "God knows who would run against me."

During the interview, Evans also said he thinks Gray could be a formidable challenger to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).

"If he does run, I think it would be a very competitive race with Mayor Fenty, who is still very well-liked but Chairman Gray is also very well-liked," Evans said.

In addition to Gray, Council members Kwame Brown (D-At Large) and Michael Brown (I-At large) have also been mentioned as possible challengers to Fenty.

But Evans, first elected to the council in 1991, appeared dismissive of either's chances against Fenty.

Evans, chairman of the Committee on Finance and Revenue, is regarded as a moderate, pro-business Democrat who has generally supported Fenty's agenda. If he ran for chairman, he would almost certainly face at least one - and probably several - credible opponent.

"It all depends on Vince Gray," Evans told Depoyt. "If he decides to go, we could have a very exciting summer" in 2010.

--Tim Craig

By Anne Bartlett  |  06:18 PM ET, 10/15/2009

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