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Muriel Bowser Beats Vince Gray


The D.C. Board of Elections may not be finished counting votes until Mayor Vince Gray's term ends in January, but he just congratulated Ward 4 D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, whose campaign had already declared victory, anyway. Which makes it pretty close to official: Bowser has won the Democratic nomination for mayor.

We'll have more news here tonight and tomorrow. In the meantime, read our profile of her from last year, shortly after she got into the race:

If you designed the perfect candidate for a D.C. mayoral election at this moment in the city’s history, you might come up with someone a lot like Muriel Bowser.

An African-American native Washingtonian who can appeal to longtime District residents who feel threatened by the city’s rapid growth? Check. Bona fides with white voters west of Rock Creek Park and in gentrifying neighborhoods elsewhere who supported Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee three years ago, many of whom now feel their votes against Gray have been validated? Check. A woman in a city where women tend to vote more often than men? Check. A home base in vote-rich, kingmaking Ward 4? Check. Scandal-free? Check.

Read the whole thing here.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • newcomer

    So happy that Gray can now concentrate on his upcoming legal issues.

  • Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich

    DC residents are doomed with this empty head as Mayor. The woman is an idiot! I hate the term African American. That's a term invented by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharton. Damn we wer colored, Negro, black, and now African American. Why not just American or human being?

  • http://Citypaper Ward:4

    This is a damn shame. That she won you ask for her and you going to get what you ask for.

  • Asuka

    You crooked fuckers thought you could steal an election and get away with it? Payback is a bitch. Now it's time for Gray to join Uncle Earl in prison. The real shame is that Fenty didn't get the second term he deserved. It's goin to be fun watching you bigots contemplate voting for a gay white candidate. This city has finally evolved.

  • Stellar Performance

    I don't know anything about Ms. Bowser, but based on comment #2 (Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich), I am glad she won. If that guy thinks she is an idiot, she must be pretty smart.

  • Roscoe’s Wetsuit


  • Uncle Earl

    You know that Fenty is somewhere right now laughing his ass off.

    One City! Hahahah...say "hi" to Uncle Earl in prison for me Vince.

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  • CataniaIsNEXT

    @Asuka - No...you are all wrong...Dems are now by default Team Muriel...do you actually believe a true democrat in this city is going to contemplate for Catania...stop it just stop it why don't you. Did you move here last year?

    I agree with you that the 2010 election wasn't fair - on many levels - almost sending Fenty to the nutty hospital...that dude almost had a nervous breakdown behind what happenend to him which is why he exiled to Ohio for a minute.

    If DC politics teaches anything, it teaches that people are fed up and wont stand for politicians turning their backs on them. People thought Fenty did that, he's gone (and keep in mind that Gray didn't even need a show campaign to get rid of Fenty...the people were fed up).

    I can say assuredly that Gray turned his back on the hands that fed him. Fenty is not the only one singing the praises of Poetic Justice.

    THE FOLKS WHO PROFUSELY SWEATED BLOOD AND TEARS FOR GRAY IN 2010 STAYED HOME. And a lot of them are still unemployed. HOWEVER, was he a great chair to the council: YES; was he a great mayor in office: YES; was he generous to family and friends: YES; was he generous to his true supporters who were not family and friends: NO. Well, there you go.

    Now of course we unite and move forward with Muriel. People may say this and that about her but she may surprisingly do very well.

    People let us go forward in harmony with Muriel for Catania is going to wage an all out war.

  • Marvin E. Adams

    "The residents of the District of Columbia have always elected a Democratic mayor, a democratic president, in big numbers. We've got to do it again in November."...Councilmember Bowser

    Therein lies the crux of many of the ills of the city. What has this one party dominated political system done to enhance the quality of life of the less among us? For the residents of Wards 7 & 8, CM Bowser "promised" she would appoint a Vice Mayor for East of the River, Call her on that today, by asking her to go on record with the name of this individual, but more imprtantly, to convey her plan and vision for your areas. Befroe all the backslapping and harrumphing sounds our reality, also ask CM Bowser to fully explain all of her 'Pledges" made while campaigning. Absent this, you would have been summarily hoodwinked and bamboozled, once A-G-A-I-N!

  • We’llSee

    @Stellar Performance - to help you educate yourself so you don't have to rely on knee-jerk reactions to the opinions of others, please see the links below:

    http://www.dcwatch.com/themail/2014/14-03-12.htm and here:


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