January 15, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Catania, Gray in dead heat for mayor: poll
David Catania, Vincent Gray, gay news, Washington Blade

Council member David Catania (left) predicts a ‘competitive’ race should he decide to run for mayor against Vincent Gray. (Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key)

A poll released by the Washington Post on Tuesday shows that gay D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At-Large) is in a statistical tie with Mayor Vincent Gray if the two were to run against each other for mayor.

The poll, which consisted of a sample of 1,003 city residents contacted by phone Jan. 9-12, found that among registered voters, 43 percent support Gray and 40 percent support Catania. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent, the Post said.

Catania has said he’s seriously considering entering the mayoral contest in the November general election. The close polling numbers indicate that if Gray wins the Democratic nomination in the April 1 primary he could face a competitive race against Catania in November.

“Today’s Post poll results are encouraging,” Catania said in a statement released on Tuesday. “They indicate that should I choose to run for mayor this year the race will be very competitive.”

The poll showed that Gray had a substantial lead over his challengers in the primary. Among registered voters, 24 percent said they support Gray, 12 percent support Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), 11 percent said they support both Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), 9 percent said they back Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large), 5 percent said they support businessman and Busboys and Poets Restaurant owner Andy Shallal.

The remaining candidates, including Reta Lewis and Christian Carter, had 1 percent or less support, the poll shows.

Among likely voters, the poll showed Gray would receive 27 percent support, with Evans coming in second with 13 percent. Bowser and Wells each had 12 percent among likely voters. Orange had 7 percent, Shallal had 5 percent, Lewis had 2 percent and Carter had 1 percent.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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  • When too many cautioned us to be patient about Marriage Equality for DC, David Catania, without fear or favor, took the lead on Council in making marriage a reality for DC’s LGBT families.

    Catania has proven leadership abilities our city has repeatedly seen and benefited from– irrespective of partisan politics.

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