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Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Vincent Gray, Cathy Lanier, Tommy Wells, Vincent Orange, Kawme R. Brown, Adrian Fenty
Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Vincent Gray, Cathy Lanier, Tommy Wells, Vincent Orange, Kawme R. Brown, Adrian Fenty

We’ve got a while to go before anyone even declares any interest in running in 2014, but with all the recent press about how Mayor Vincent Gray got elected, with two aides admitting to secret payoffs, and a possible off-the-books “shadow campaign,” some voters are joining The Washington Post, dcist, Huffington Post and City Paper voicing strong opinions and looking ahead.

The field is wide open, and may include a current police chief, four D.C. councilmembers and its chair, and the current and former mayor. What they all have in common is party affiliation: Democrat.

Kwame R. Brown, D.C. Council chair, Muriel Bowser, Ward 5, Tommy Wells, Ward 6, Jack Evans, Ward 2, and Vincent Orange at-large councilmember.

Cathy Lanier is D.C.'s police chief and one-term D.C. mayor, Adrian Fenty lost to Gray.

Whom would you like to see be our next mayor? Take our poll and if your choice isn't here, let us know who and why.

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Anonymous

Anyone but the corrupt Gray and Kwame'lincoln navigator' brown

Anonymous

Anybody but a return to the corrupt and stupid Fenty-Moten-Skinner ciphers and their juvenile, out-of-state cronies.

Anonymous

First choice: Cathy Lanier.

Second choice: A successful businessperson who cannot be bought off and would not mind using sharp elbows.

Third choice: A successful business WOMAN!

Fourth choice: Robert Bobb.

Absolutely not: Fenty (too stupid) and his make-him-seem-to-like more black cohorts, Moten/Skinner (both corrupt).

Tommy Wells - not ready for prime time. Ditto: Bowser. She needs to grow more, assert herself, be pro-active, distance herself from the Fenty cronies and lose her fear of criticizing black people unless and only when it's safe (er, Harry Thomas).

Anonymous

Muriel Bowser has no record. She is an amateur. We cannot, must not hand over the City to her. Tommy Wells is not ready for prime time. Evans has to campaign, something he may be reluctant to do. Evans is the best choice.

Paul Bowers

Evans is the obvious choice. He would, by far, be the best.

Anonymous

Cathy Lanier or Jack Evans.

Anonymous

VINCE GRAY
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VINCE GRAY

Because in spite of what the naysayers want us to believe, and because of the tremendous job his administration is doing in spite of the barrage of unfair criticism (There have been no charges filed aganist him, and his campaign was not as egregious as the shannanigans of the Fenty cabal: about $2800 to $92,000,000)we're doing the city and ourselves an injustice by suggesting there is a valid reason to seek other leadership. Especially since the majority of the people listed would be implicated if the Jeff Thompson connection is something to be concerned about. We should just sit back with baited breath and wait to see what the Feds decide to do.

Anonymous

Evans has too many long-term ties via Patton Boggs to those doing business with the city. A mayorial run might open up that can of worms once and for all, but it wouldn't be good to have another major scandal that soon.

Anonymous

Jack Evans would be ideal. Cathy Lanier would be a close 2nd. It's time to start changing the shade of DC politics.

Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr.

I would like to see Vincent Gray get elected again. The city is financially sound and moving in the right direction. Councilwoman Bowser can't connect to black voters city-wide and that is one reason why she is so popular with white voters in this still segregated Southern town when it comes to quality education, city contracts and employment in the private sector. She is seen as a female Fenty despite her intelligence. She needs to work on her personality and personal delivery with folks.

Tommy Wells will not connect with black voters and has a reputation of marginalizing the black vote in Ward 6 and not helping out black businesses along the Northeast H Street corridor. Wells is not that bright - he has a nasty Bull Conner type of thinking when it comes to black people and they know this. Well's chief of staff Charles Allen it is said - made sure Blacks in Shaw did not serve on the ward 6 Redistricting task Force.

Kwame Brown would make a good mayor but white voters can't get pass his financial mishaps.

Chief Lainer is content with DC MPD.

Jack Evans would make an excellent mayor but white voters for some darn reason won't give him a chance. Evans has an unfair rep for beig close to big business - what folks don't know is that Evans carried a hig percentage of black votes in Shaw each time he ran for re-election. Evans took care of people in his ward despite economical, religious, gender and race affiliations - he tried to bridge the gap. It is fair to say that Black people had Evans back. Evans did not play race politics the way Tommy Wells doe's.

Absolutely NOT

It's very unfortunate that Councilmember Wells has created such a negative image for himself in the Black community. I've heard so many unpleasant incidents regarding Wells from different people that I truly question his ability to live, govern and respect a populus of diverse racial backgrounds, and especially one that has a high percentage of Black residents.

Wells' disregard for his Black constituents in Ward 6 is known thru-out the city and, therefore he would never be mayor of DC.

Peter D. Rosenstein

I think it is time to stop allowing Anonymous people to post comments. If you are afraid to say who you are then generally your comments aren't worth the space they take up.

Vincent Gray has yet to be charged with a crime. He clearly trusted the wrong people in his campaign but it is yet to be determined if that is his only problem.

But if he is not guilty of a crime then we need to also take a look at how great the City is doing under his administration. We are the envy of many other states with our over $1 billion reserve fund; over 3000 people have found jobs through the one-city employment initiative; major initiatives such as school reform; transportation improvements including additional and expanded bike lanes; improved services and quick responses; and a major environmental initiative along with billions in economic development are the results of the Mayor's first year and a half in office.

Not a bad record to run on again if he is found not guilty of any crimes. If he is found guilty then he should pay the price as should all the others who participated in this dumb idea of keeping Sulaimon Brown in the Mayoral race. As Fenty's own campaign chair has said it made no difference, Fenty lost the race all on his own.

Mahdi Leroy J. Thorpe, Jr.

Peter

Well said and I agree with you on all your points made.

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