To kick off early voting in Ward 3, the base of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's support in his reelection bid, schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee will join the mayor at a rally at the Broad Branch Farmers Market in Chevy Chase at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The Fenty campaign sent e-mails to supporters and encouraged them to "wear green," Fenty's campaign color.
The mayor is in an uphill battle against chief rival Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in the Sept. 14th Democratic primary, according to a new Washington Post poll that shows Gray with a 17-point lead among likely Democratic voters.
On the campaign trail, Fenty has criticized Gray for failing to take a position on whether he would retain Rhee, who has become a national figure in education reform, if he is elected. The Post poll shows that Rhee is as liked as she is disliked among voters but is favored more by white voters.
Chevy Chase Community Center is one of four neighborhood voting sites that will open Saturday morning for early voting.
The e-mail reads: "Four years ago, Adrian Fenty promised change. He has delivered for you and your neighbors by raising test scores, lowering crime and improving city services. Fenty is the competent leader we need to continue the progress."
The e-mail does not use Rhee's title of "schools chancellor." She is limited by the Hatch Act, the federal law prohibits District employees from using "their official authority or influence to interfere with the result of an election."