Challenger Bowser Defeats Incumbent DC Mayor Gray

Image: Challenger Bowser Defeats Incumbent DC Mayor Gray

Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 06:19 AM

By Elliot Jager

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Muriel Bowser, a City Council member, defeated incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in the District of Columbia's Democratic mayoral primary, The New York Times reported.

With most electoral districts reporting, Bowser had a 44 percent to 33 percent lead over Gray, garnering some 36,000 votes to the mayor's 26,000, the Times reported.

Gray's lead was upended when Jeffrey Thompson, a contributor to his earlier mayoral campaign, pleaded guilty to having illegally funneled $700,000 into the mayor's 2010 campaign coffers. Thompson implicated Gray, but the mayor said he was innocent of any wrongdoing.

Bowser, 41, said she would offer Washington a "fresh start." Her intensive door-to-door campaign focused on Gray's ethics. She promised that as mayor, she would balance the fears of veteran residents concerned about housing prices, with the needs of newcomers and developers, who are gentrifying the city, according to the Times.

Gray, 71, will remain in office until 2015. In his concession speech he said, "If I'm going to be in this job another nine months, I'm going to work extremely hard in order to move this city forward."

Gray was endorsed by former Mayor Marion Barry now a city council member.

Some 75 percent of the district's registered voters are Democrats. The Associated Press reported that independent District City Council member David Catania, 46, a former Republican, planned to challenger Bowser in November.

Catania, who is white, would be facing an uphill battle. The district has only elected African Americans as mayor over its 40 years of self-rule.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

WSJ: Republicans Could Win Up to 10 Senate Seats in November

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 07:24 AM

Republicans are running competitively for 10 Senate seats now held by Democrats, heightening chances for the party to ca . . .

Analysts: Hispanic Voters Care About More Than Immigration

Monday, 28 Jul 2014 06:35 AM

To make inroads among Hispanic voters the GOP needs to emphasize its economic platform, particularly education, writes J . . .

Christie Pension Battle Called a Test for 2016

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 22:30 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's push for more reform of public pensions may put him to the test as he considers a 2016  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved