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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 05/28/2010

Nurses announce support for Gray in D.C. mayor's race

The District of Columbia Nurses Association, which represents 2,000 nurses and health professionals who work in the city, announced today it is supporting Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) over incumbent Adrian M. Fenty (D) in the mayor's race.

"Unlike the current mayor, Vincent Gray has a track record of fairness and has demonstrated a commitment to listen to all sides in a debate about matters important to our organization," said Carole Hennessey, the organization's president.

DCNA said the organization wants "safe staffing legislation" that would require hospitals to limit patient-nurse ratios and supports "properly funded" city agencies that govern labor-management issues.

Herman R. Brown, executive director of the nurses association, said Gray has shown a willingness to "meet with our organization" to discuss their concerns.

"His respect of the opinions and experiences of registered nurses on health care issues is vital to the continued operations of health care institutions in DC," Brown said.

On Thursday, the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge and the D.C. Professional Firefighters Association also endorsed Gray.

-- Tim Craig

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