February 1
THE DISTRICT
Gray raises $627,000 for his reelection

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has raised $627,000 since he announced his bid for reelection in December, according to a closely watched campaign finance report filed late Friday.

For Gray, the tally fell short of what some campaign fundraisers had said was a goal of $1 million by the end of last month. But with thrifty spending, Gray reported $560,000 in cash on hand with 60 days to go before the city’s April 1 Democratic primary.

The surge has Gray’s tally closing fast on the war chests amassed over a period of many more months by his challengers on the D.C. Council.

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who became the first candidate to raise $1 million, in December, added $198,000 to his tally. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), who was the first to announce for mayor 10 months ago and beat Gray last month in a Ward 8 straw poll, raised nearly $166,000. She joined Evans as the second to break $1 million.

— Aaron C. Davis

Fire lieutenant in probe plans to retire

The District fire lieutenant who is being investigated after firefighters failed to help a man suffering a fatal heart attack outside their station in Northeast Washington has submitted her retirement papers, a city official said Friday.

Lt. Kellene Davis, 51, has been with the department for 28 years. Firefighters 50 and older are eligible to retire after 25 years of service. Keith St. Clair, a spokesman for the Office of Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, confirmed Davis’s filing. Davis could not be reached to comment Friday.

Davis and another firefighter from the station have been placed on paid administrative leave while city officials continue to look into why no one from their fire station in the 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE helped Medric Cecil Mills Jr., 77, when he collapsed in a parking lot across the street on Jan. 25. Mills’s daughter said several people banged on the firehouse door but were told by a probationary firefighter that no one could respond until someone called 911 and they were dispatched.

— Peter Hermann

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