Poll Results: Georgetowners Still Unswayed by Gray
When asked if Mayor Vincent Gray 'gets' the issues that are most important than Georgetown, respondents overwhelmingly said, 'no.' Council member Jack Evans fared better.
After a recent visit to the neighborhood by Mayor Vincent Gray, we asked readers if they thought that the mayor understood the issues most important to Georgetown. Despite his declared support for the community in the campus planning process and his stated committment to education, an issue at the center of the 2010 mayoral election, Mayor Gray only received positive marks from 28 percent of poll respondents. Though the poll is non-scientific and not a true measure of the mayor's support, it helps inform a conversation about Georgetown's preferences at the voting booth.
In the 2010 mayoral primary between Mayor Adrian Fenty and Chairman Vincent Gray, Georgetown's two precincts voted heavily for Fenty, giving him 83.4 and 86.9 percent of the vote in precincts five and six respectively. Gray garnered 16.1 and 12.9 percent of the vote in Georgetown.
A little more than a year later things have improved slightly for Gray, but 71 percent of Patch poll respondents still said "no" when asked if he "gets" what matters to the neighborhood.
Next fall Council member Jack Evans is up for reelection. At this time he does not have a challenger, though Fiona Greig is rumored to be considering a run against the 20-year incumbent. Thursday, former Mayor Fenty will host a fundraiser for Evans, who endorsed the mayor during the 2010 primary.
Evans, perhaps not suprisingly since he lives in Georgetown, enjoyed more support among Patch poll respondents, with 66 percent saying he understands Georgetown issues. The question is whether the 33 percent who said "no" actually represent an undercurrent of dissatisfaction that Greig might be able to capitalize on.
The D.C. primary is April 3, 2012. The next mayoral primary is not until 2014.