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Vincent Gray’s State of the District address set for Feb. 5

Mayor Vincent C. Gray will give his annual State of the District address on the evening of Feb. 5, according to a e-mail sent to supporters Tuesday.

It will be held at 7 p.m. at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue — the same venue as last year’s address. (Gray gave his first SOTD at Eastern Senior High School.)

Seating is first-come, first-serve, though the mayor’s office is offering to reserve seat for recipients of the special invitation if they RSVP by Jan. 29.

Last year, Gray used the speech to highlight his efforts to create jobs and refocus the city economy away from the federal government and toward private industry. He also touted efforts at “earning back people’s trust” after campaign scandals dominated the prior year.

His message, however, was somewhat upstaged when dozens of firefighters protested department management by attending but refusing to applaud, and after an ambulance had to be called for D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), who took ill at the event.

Gray’s address will come one week before the presidential State of the Union address, which the District mayor traditionally attends.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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