D.C.

Cheh not endorsing mayoral candidate

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(WJLA) - The candidates running for D.C. mayor in this very tight race are scrambling to get any advantage they can over the competition by collecting contributions and courting endorsements. 

But one of their colleagues, Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, who endorsed Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010, says she's "out of the endorsement business."

Cheh plans to vote in the primary, though she won't publicize whom she's voting for. 

But despite who wins the primary, should democrats automatically support the Democratic candidate in the general election?

Cheh says she's keeping her options open.

"I think we're going to have to wait and see how the race shapes up and what's at stake, but I think we've been able to transcend labels before. I don't think that should be the determining factor. I think we should look at whoever emerges from the Democratic primary whoever else runs because you could still have other independents in the race and choose the best person," Cheh says.

Cheh is likely referring to at-large Council member David Catania, who has launched a campaign for mayor as an independent candidate. 

Earlier this week, the often sought-after endorsement of Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry was announced. Barry is supporting Gray in the primary election.

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