It's Official: Gray, Brown Elected Mayor, Council Chair

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010  |  Updated 8:58 PM EDT
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Marion Barry, Vincent Gray and others celebrate Gray's mayoral victory by dancing.

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Gray Quick to Transition

D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray got off to a fast start after Tuesday's general election, appointing a veteran team of city leaders to guide his transition into office before he's sworn in on Jan. 2.
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We can officially call Vincent Gray "mayor-elect" and scrap the phrase "presumptive next mayor" for a while.

Washington voters have elected the D.C. Council chairman mayor, a result that had been expected for more than a month after he won the city's Democratic primary in September.

Gray had no Republican opponent in the general election.

He did have a party at Love Nightclub to celebrate.

The White House invited Gray to have lunch with President Barack Obama. Gray will meet the president Dec. 1 to discuss issues facing the District. Gray plans to talk with Obama and with Republican leaders in Congress about how the city needs the freedom to write its own laws and its own budget.

Voters also picked Kwame Brown to replace Gray as the head of the D.C. Council and sent Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton back to the U.S. House as the city's delegate.

In addition, voters re-elected six members to the 13-member D.C. Council: Phil Mendelson, David Catania, Jim Graham, Harry Thomas, Mary Cheh and Tommy Wells. Cheh faced tougher competition but had 67 percent of the vote compared to 33 percent for Republican challenger Dave Hedgepeth with 11 percent of precincts reporting.

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