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Who Will Take On Mayor Fenty?

3:45 PM, Feb 1, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Despite his declining poll numbers, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty appears headed for a second term in office unless a major challenger steps forward or the one declared candidate catches fire between now and the September Democratic primary.

Leo Alexander, 45, a former TV newsman, is the only declared challenger to Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Alexander, although determined and with a plan, is barely known among voters, and there are reports that he has barely raised $20,000 for his campaign.

Fenty raised more than $3 million months ago in a clear effort to get big contributors to choose sides early while keeping those dollars away from possible mayoral candidates like DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

The young first term mayor won every precinct three years ago, but a Washington Post poll now shows Fenty's 72 percent approval rating two years ago has fallen to 42 percent.

Fenty declined to comment on his poor poll showing on Monday. Gray said he is still weighing whether to run.

Most feel Vincent Gray is closer to remaining on the DC Council.

Alexander said on Monday that his chances improve in a one on one race with Fenty.

The self described small businessman says if elected, he would fire School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi.

He opposes the same sex marriage bill which Fenty quickly signed, and Alexander says he would move to penalize city firms that hire undocumented workers.

In the Washington Post poll, voters seem to like much of the city services under Fenty. Crime fighting gets high marks, but they seem divided on whether school reform has worked. 

Written by Bruce Johnson
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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