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D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh holding the arm of husband Neil Lewis of the New York Times with her good hand
D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh holding the arm of husband Neil Lewis of the New York Times with her good hand
Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Councilmembers Mary Cheh (Ward 3), Phil Mendelson (At-large), David Catania (At-large) and the city's ANC Commissioners were sworn in Sunday along with other newly-elected officials at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

While the new Mayor warned District residents to brace for "some very painful choices in the
Bruce Johnson of WJLA emcees the inauguration (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Bruce Johnson of WJLA emcees the inauguration
weeks and months ahead," emcee Bruce Johnson, a longtime anchor at WJLA-TV, set a tone of humor and collegiality. "We're all together in this -- one city," Johnson said, emphasizing a moment of unity shared even by the media and government officials. "At least until just before noon," he said.

Later, supporters of the Mayor hosted a pre-gala dinner at Café Milano in Georgetown and thousands of revelers partied into the night at the gala back at the Convention Center.
 
It was a far cry from the lonely days in February when smallish bands of residents huddled together in unconnected and unscripted meetings to try to convince the then-Council Chairman
Freeman Klopott of the D.C. Examiner, Mo Elleithee, a Gray strategist, WAMU's Patrick Madden and NBC4's Tom Sherwood (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Freeman Klopott of the D.C. Examiner, Mo Elleithee, a Gray strategist, WAMU's Patrick Madden and NBC4's Tom Sherwood
to challenge Mayor Adrian Fenty.  It seemed crazy: cash on hand was zero. Fenty’s cash was in the millions. 
 
Gray is a man familiar with taking the long route to victory through responsibility and hard work.
 
“As a child living in a one-bedroom apartment in D.C., I watched my mother go out and sweep the sidewalks and the alley in back.  I asked her, ‘Mom, why did you do that?  The streets belong to the city.’  She replied, ‘No, son, the streets belong to all of us.’”
 
Gathered around the Mayor were members of the Council including Kwame R. Brown, who  took the oath of office as the city’s youngest-ever Council Chair. Gray, 68, is the oldest mayor to be sworn in the District's history.  Beside him were his son Carlos, and daughter, Jonica Gray-Tucker, and other family members.
 
Mary Jackson, Ward 7 ANC, with Christine and Rokas Beresniovas (Photo by: RJSmith) Mary Jackson, Ward 7 ANC, with Christine and Rokas Beresniovas
Especially pleased were the up-for-reelection council members who supported Gray’s campaign, including Cheh, Mendelson, and Brown.
 
Before heading to the gala Sunday evening, a group of Gray supporters hosted an early “one city” dinner at Café Milano in Georgetown including Wolf Blitzer, CNN anchor. The multi-course Italian style dinner was hosted by restaurant owner Franco Nuschese, Paxton Baker and BET.
                                                                                         
Lorraine Green, chair of the Gray for Mayor Campaign and a leader of the Inaugural
Lorraine Green, Gray campaign chair, at the Gala dress made for the winning occasion (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Lorraine Green, Gray campaign chair, at the Gala dress made for the winning occasion
Committee, was among the celebrants at all events.  Never mind that Green, one of the new mayor’s best friends and closest advisors, had admittedly  counseled Vince against a mayoralty run not so many months ago.
 
Reuben O. Charles, the soft spoken, smartly dressed chief money-raiser for the Gray campaign, civic activist Judith Terra, who four years earlier supported Fenty and notably held Gray's kickoff spring fundraiser at her Colorado Avenue home, recalled how the 100 or so people who attended that event, some of whom actually pledged money, were deemed “courageous” -- if not a mite foolhardy. 

Georgetowners in attendance included Georgetown's ANC Commissioners (see photo below) attorney E. David Harrison, Joe Farruggio, owner of il Canale, the restaurant where one of the first Talk-Gray-Into-Running meetings was held, Dr. Karyne Messina and daughter Kiki Messina, who held a campaign fundraiser in Burleith.
 
Spotted at the inaugural ceremonies were early supporters including: Vernon Hawkins, a longtime Gray advisor; Adam Rubinson, the campaign manager; campaign scheduler Stephanie Reich; Gray’s fraternity brother, Bruce C. Bereano, Chinatown activist Alexander Chi, CEO and president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce Barbara Lang and her husband, Gerald B. Lang,  Howard L. Brooks, lawyers Max Berry and Doug Patton, and Dupont Circle activist Susan MeehanVirginia E. Hayes Williams, the mother of former Mayor Tony Williams and an ardent Gray backer, was in California with her family celebrating the holidays.
 
Doug Patton and Reuben O. Charles (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Doug Patton and Reuben O. Charles
Neil and Jane Lewis, husband and daughter of Councilmember Mary Cheh (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Neil and Jane Lewis, husband and daughter of Councilmember Mary Cheh
Former Mayor Anthony Williams with a TV crew from the District's cable channel at the ceremony (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Former Mayor Anthony Williams with a TV crew from the District's cable channel at the ceremony
CM Jack Evans with G'town ANC 2E: Ron Lewis, Bill Starrels, Ed Solomon, Jeff Jones (newly elected), Tom Birch and Charles Eason (Photo by: RJSmith) CM Jack Evans with G'town ANC 2E: Ron Lewis, Bill Starrels, Ed Solomon, Jeff Jones (newly elected), Tom Birch and Charles Eason
Leslie and mother Lorraine Green, Mark Plotkin of WTOP and George Washington Univ. President Steven Knapp (Photo by: RJSmith) Leslie and mother Lorraine Green, Mark Plotkin of WTOP and George Washington Univ. President Steven Knapp
Ann Wicker, President of Wesley House in Ft. Lincoln, with event organizer Emily Durso, formerly CEO of the Hotel Association (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Ann Wicker, President of Wesley House in Ft. Lincoln, with event organizer Emily Durso, formerly CEO of the Hotel Association
CM Jack Evans with Dupont Circle ANC 2B: Phil Carney, Kevin O'Connor (new to ANC), Victor Wexler, Will Stephens, Mike Silverstein, Bob Meehan and Ramon Estrada (Photo by: RJSmith) CM Jack Evans with Dupont Circle ANC 2B: Phil Carney, Kevin O'Connor (new to ANC), Victor Wexler, Will Stephens, Mike Silverstein, Bob Meehan and Ramon Estrada
Former Mayor Sharon Pratt (Photo by: RJSmith) Former Mayor Sharon Pratt
Former Mayor Tony Williams and Former First Lady Cora Masters Barry (Photo by: RJSmith) Former Mayor Tony Williams and Former First Lady Cora Masters Barry
Bill Slover and Ward 3 State Board of Education Member Laura Slover and daughter Avery (Photo by: RJSmith) Bill Slover and Ward 3 State Board of Education Member Laura Slover and daughter Avery
Janette Hoston Harris, Johnny Scott Rice, former City Administrator Robert Bobb and Mary Wolfe (Photo by: RJSmith) Janette Hoston Harris, Johnny Scott Rice, former City Administrator Robert Bobb and Mary Wolfe
From Ward 4, Ethel Delaney Lee and Virginia Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl (Photo by: RJSmith) From Ward 4, Ethel Delaney Lee and Virginia Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl