The editorial board of the Washington Examiner has endorsed Adrian M. Fenty's reelection, saying the city is "moving in the right direction" under his leadership.
In the editorial, which will be published Tuesday but was released online Monday night, the Examiner said they favor Fenty over D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray because student scores have risen, homicides have dropped, city services have improved, neighborhoods have been revitalized and city finances have stabilized during the past four years.
"On matters of substance, which will determine whether Washington becomes a truly livable place for residents of all races and in all wards, Fenty has a decidedly positive track record," the editorial states. "Under Mayor Fenty, Washington suddenly has a palpable sense that the city's major institutions and neighborhoods are finally moving in the right direction."
The board, which leans to the right, calls Gray a "likable, reassuring campaigner" and a "capable public servant."
"We don't fear disaster if he wins," the editorial states. "But we are aware of no compelling reason to elect him. Moreover, there is no reason to fix what is not broken in the areas of crime, fiscal management, city services and economic development. Most importantly, in education, there is no need to break what is finally being fixed after all these years."
In one passage that could prove uncomfortable for the Gray campaign, the board said Gray "raised the specter" in an interview that the city was building "dog parks for yuppies at the expense of playgrounds for black children."