Mayor Gray to announce whether he will seek re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says he plans to announce "within the next few weeks" whether he plans to seek re-election.
Gray, a Democrat, has been coy about his plans. Next year's April 1 mayoral primary will be the earliest in the city's history, and three D.C. councilmembers are among those running for mayor.
Candidates can start collecting signatures to get on the ballot beginning on Nov. 8 - three weeks from now. In an appearance on WAMU-FM on Friday, Gray noted that "the time is becoming more compressed."
Gray's 2010 campaign is the subject of a long-running federal investigation, and four aides have pleaded guilty to felonies. Gray said Friday that he did "nothing wrong" and that he hopes people will focus on his administration's accomplishments.