The D.C. mayoral primary is two weeks away, and early voting began Monday.
In a Sunday night mayoral forum, three of Mayor Vincent Gray's opponents said they would retain their support for Gray should he win re-election -- but all seven were united in believing that Gray had full knowledge of the "shadow campaign" that funded his 2010 run, DCist reported.
Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Vincent Orange (D-At Large) and entrepreneur Carlos Allen said they would support Gray out of party loyalty.
Gray was absent from the forum, which was held at the Black Cat on 14th Street. Nonetheless: "My first question is for Mayor Vincent Gray," News4's Tom Sherwood quipped while serving as a moderator.
Besides the scandal, the candidates talked education, marijuana legalization, and campaign contributions. The Washington Post breaks down where the six leading candidates stand on some of the most pressing issues.
The Washingtonian explained the evening's five major takeaways.
IN OTHER NEWS:
- The snow depressed turnout on the first day of early voting Monday. (The Washington Post)
- In a late-breaking boost, the District's police and fire unions endorsed Tommy Wells for mayor. (The Washington Post)
- Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who was re-elected despite a prison sentence for smoking crack cocaine, weighs in on Mayor Vincent Gray's political future amid federal allegations. (The Associated Press)
- Massive voter turnout east of the Anacostia River propelled Gray to victory last time, but fresh allegations that Gray knew about the illegal funds that helped elect him in 2010 have shaken up his support base this time around. (The Washington Post)
- City Paper has reshuffled its hypothetical mayoral power rankings. (Washington City Paper)