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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 01/20/2010

Vincent Gray supporters plan meeting, sans Gray

If Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) can't decide on whether he will run against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a group of his supporters may decide for him.

Local community activists, known for their ability to rally voters and known as part of an anti-Fenty contingent, were invited by former school board member Carrie Thornhill to attend the meeting where they will discuss "Gray's future," one guest said.

"It's a few neighbors talking," Thornhill said of the meeting.

She would not provide a guest list but said there is a core 10 people. "It's not a public meeting," she said.

Gray said he was unaware of the meeting.

"He's not supposed to know anything about it," Thornhill quipped.

But the longtime friends have discussed such a gathering in the past, Gray said. "Carrie had talked at one point about bringing people together. ... Folks do that. People have asked me if I want to be drafted."

He stressed, however, that he did not know about the meeting scheduled for Saturday. "If they wanted me there, they would have me," he said. "I was not involved in the planning. I did not precipitate it. ... I don't know how clear I can be."

The meeting is to be held at the office of Pre-K for All, the nonprofit that advocates early childhood education -- an issue on which Gray feels he had one of his biggest accomplishments as chairman, a 2008 bill that increased the number of 3- and 4-year-olds who receive early childhood education and required their teachers to be more educated. Thornhill is chair and chief executive of Pre-K for All.

Thornhill said she did not know what would happen after the meeting if everyone decided that Gray needed to be drafted. She also said she had no idea when Gray would make a decision. "I don't know. I wish I knew the answer to that question," she said.

Gray, known for his methodical approach to governance and politics, again said he had no deadline for a decision.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:19 AM ET, 01/20/2010

Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

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