The campaign forum circuit is winding down as early voting approaches. (Aaron C. Davis/The Washington Post)

In one week, primary voters start heading to the polls, and this weekend came several assessments of the mayoral race. The Post’s Marc Fisher looked at the quiet but notable role race is playing in the campaigns — a storyline that has been tempered by the fact that the leading white candidates, Jack Evans and Tommy Wells, now appear to be running behind incumbent Vincent Gray and fellow D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser. Fisher also looks at the fight for “plausibility” down the ballot, as candidates try to avoid being tagged as spoilers for higher-polling candidates. And AP’s Ben Nuckols looks at how an especially small swath of Democratic voters could pick the mayor this year — leading to new attention on the District’s electoral system. Tonight a new round of campaign finance reports are due, and the candidate forum circuit begins to taper off. But could we be on the cusp of a pre-election surprise?

In other news:

Judge orders city to move homeless families out of recreation centers; Gray administration moves only three (Post)

FEMS oversight hearing features outgoing deputy chief lambasting Kenneth Ellerbe (PostWTTG-TVWJLA-TVSTATter911AP)

A separate EMS service isn’t the answer to the department’s woes, says Rosenbaum family member (Post op-ed)

An in-person call for service with a happy ending (Post letter)

Another firefighter arrest, this time for drug charges in St. Mary’s County (PostWRC-TVWTOP)

No need to wait: Voters deserve to know more about 2010 campaign shenanigans (Post columnPost editorial)

Canadian equity injection moves Southwest Waterfront redevelopment closer to reality (Capital BusinessWBJ)

How Wilson’s dominance of high school baseball illustrates the sorry state of DCPS athletics (Post Magazine)

David Catania responds to Don Graham’s critique of D.C. Council education activism (Post op-ed)

Bob McCartney: Muriel Bowser has the vision thing, but not the management chops (Post column)

Meet Reta Jo Lewis, long on experience but short on concrete vision (Post)

Meet Carlos Allen, master promoter but questionable politician (Post)

Close but no cigar for Vincent Gray’s Stein Club endorsement quest (DofDBladeMetro WeeklyLoose Lips)

Tommy Wells says “our council is corrupt,” and Jim Graham “is what’s wrong with our government” (HuffPo)

And proceeds to endorse Brianne Nadeau in Ward 1 (@mikedebonis)

Andy Shallal conducts straw poll of limited utility (Loose Lips)

Candidates take aim at streetcar delay under Gray administration (GGW)

Muriel Bowser takes the lead in the LL power rankings (Loose Lips)

Eight in 10 of those called for Superior Court jury duty make it to a courtroom — a remarkably high rate (NLJ)

In praise of “the speed, caring and professionalism of the social workers and others who work at the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency” (Post op-ed)

Police offer “nonchalant” response to Friday night street brawl, Trinidad resident sats (Post)

Friday night stabbing at H Street NE club (Post)

Violent incidents Friday night on Metro trains (Post)

A push for quality retail in Congress Heights (NPR)

Time to give the heave-ho to Frank Gehry’s Ike Memorial design (Post op-ed)

This sculpture will grace Chuck Brown Park and it’s rather something (City DeskDCist)

How the city can “green” city streets to clean up storm runoff (Post)

More buses, not dedicated bus lane, would help 16th Street commuters, reader says (Dr. Gridlock)

D.C.’s answer to the High Line rolls merrily along (Next City)

What mechanic’s overtime pay says about the state of the FEMS fleet (WAMU-FM)

Glover Parkers would have preferred the strippers stayed off the sidewalk (City Desk)

Old Georgetown Board still doesn’t care for design of Exorcist-stairs condos (UrbanTurf)

A hotel — yes, a hotel — for Dupont Underground? (WBJ)

Neighbors rally to save Chevy Chase home from demolition (WTOP)

Gray’s latest tech push needs no D.C. Council approval (WBJ)

Fair be warned, ratepayers: Natural gas prices have spiked (WaTimes)

Kaya Henderson inaugurates middle-schoolers’ TV show (Post)

St. Ann’s Academy, a Tenleytown parochial school, will close (Post)

So long to Pharmacy Bar? (DCist)

Happy parking bondage day: Street-sweeping begins for real today (WRC-TV)