A snapshot of primary day in the District

Voters in D.C. cast ballots Tuesday in the closely watched Democratic primary race for mayor between Adrian Fenty and Vincent C. Gray.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Among the scrum of photographers outside Precinct 113 in Ward 7 on Tuesday was Lateef Mangum, official photographer to former D.C. mayor Anthony A. Williams (D). Mangum captured Williams often behind a lectern but also in private moments, including on Sept. 11, 2001, just after Williams was told a jet had flown into the World Trade Center.

Mangum still had a job when Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) arrived. But the photographer did not last long after the mayor asked to have a photo of himself and President Obama blown up to poster size for Inauguration Day. When Mangum told the new mayor that the digital photo was not of sufficient quality to be enlarged to that size, the mayor got snippy, Mangum recalled.

"He said: 'Don't tell me what I can't do. I'll do it myself,' " Mangum said. A highly pixelated version soon appeared at Ben's Chili Bowl, and the photographer was on his own.

"Today, I'm working for myself. Tomorrow, who knows?" he said with a smile, his unspoken hope being a chance to document a new administration. As he finished shooting mayoral candidate and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) at the polls, Mangum said he was going to Fenty's precinct to grab photos of the mayor voting.

But before he went, the photographer said, he planned on changing into a Gray T-shirt.

-- Annys Shin

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Being a Fenty supporter in Ward 7 is a bit like being a Dallas Cowboys fan in the land of burgundy and gold.

"I'm a lone ranger," said Rashele Maclin, 33, of River Terrace.

She said she supported the mayor because she has noticed improvements in safety and in amenities such as a new library. She said she has seen a "tremendous difference" at her alma mater Spingarn High School, which her son now attends.

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