D.C’s race for mayor is entering a pivotal stretch, with the Democratic primary looming on September 14th. Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray are the front-running candidates in the contest. Join us as Fenty and Gray sit down in the studio with Kojo and resident analyst Tom Sherwood to talk about the challenges facing the city.


  • Tom Sherwood Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers
  • Vincent Gray Candidate for Mayor, District of Columbia; Chairman, D.C. Council (D)
  • Adrian Fenty Mayor, District of Columbia (D)


You can watch the entire debate in 3 parts on our YouTube channel.

A poll released this week indicated a stark divide for the leading candidates along racial lines. Kojo asks Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) and Mayoral Candidate Vincent Gray (D) about the significance of this polling, and how issues like streetcars and dogparks have developed racial subtexts.

Fenty and Gray discuss controversial firings in DC Public Schools, including allegations by some union leaders that the firings were racially motivated:

Fenty and Gray talk about their budget priorities, beginning with education:

Fenty and Gray respond to a caller’s question about a recent election law that the mayor vetoed:

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