Ward 4 Residents Won't Vote and Tell
Some Ward 4 residents wouldn't reveal whether they supported Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. Council Chair Vincent C. Gray or another candidate, but they were open about why they voted.
"No, that's private," said Adam Hansford, a 12-year resident of Ward 4, when asked to disclose who he voted for on Tuesday. However, he didn't shy away from giving his reasons for participating in the primary.
"There are a number of things," said Hansford, glancing at his 15-year-old daughter. "First, I would have to say is the school system in general."
Michael and Brandi Knowlin, three-year residents of Ward 4, didn't mind saying they voted for Mayor Fenty. The couple's views of Fenty differed from those of Hansford. "I have no complaints thus far," says Michael, while looking down at his toddler-age son trying to get out of his stroller.
For Khadijah Muhammad, a seven-year Ward 4 resident, voting for a mayoral candidate was not a matter of who had the most appealing campaign flyers or shirts, but who was willing to improve
employment in the district.
"The treatment of employees within the last two years is unimaginable," said Muhammmad, a D.C. government employee. Muhammad wouldn't disclose whom she voted for, but she did say "both candidates have flaws."
Alycia Williams, a six-year district resident who has lived in Ward 4 for a year, said it was important to vote because "there have been a lot of changes in D.C. in the past couple years." Williams didn't reveal her vote, but said that her candidate is "evaluating all options instead of making a change for the sake of making change."
Williams and Knowlin both agreed that the media played a role in this campaign season. "You don't always hear both sides equally, because of certain papers' endorsements," Williams said, referring to the Washington Post.
Knowlin said that some of Fenty's interviews "put him in a bad light," but that it didn't matter if Gray won. "It's not much the mayor can really do in D.C.," Knowlin said. "Congress really makes all the decisions."
Darcelle Beaty, a Ward 4 resident since 1992 and Gray supporter, said that Fenty lost sight of the people in D.C. but that if he was re-elected, "it would be okay, maybe if he learned his lesson."
"Sometimes it takes getting kicked in your tail."
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
More Howard University News Service News Articles
Recent Howard University News Service News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR HOWARD UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST HOWARD UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE
- And Weed for All: The Man Behind DC's Marijuana Movement Looks to the Future
- A Day in the Life of Meals on Wheels
- Milk & Honey: Black-Owned Restaurant Shares Recipe for Success
- Casa Ruby: Changing Lives in the LGBTQ Community
- Howard University President Holds Town Hall Meeting
- Many Anxious as New Justice Considers Pivotal Cases
- What's Going On With Marvin Gaye Park
RECENT HOWARD UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Streaming Content Box Cuts Your Cable and Costs
- Non-Profit Venture Fund Seeks to Support The American Dream
- Sustained Happiness Starts from Within
- Reverse Mortgages Benefit Younger Seniors
- Sunshine State Shining New Light on the Banking Industry
- Honoring Moms : How 3 Inspiring Women are Changing the World
- Look Before You Buy: Virtual Reality Comes to Home...
- Olympic Power Couple Teams Up to Fight Blood Cancers with...
- Two Meals in One: Arborio Rice, Perfect for Risotto &...
- New Nighttime Grind Guard Relieves Jaw Pain
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- American U. professor predicts Trump will be impeached in new book
- Comic Book and Sports Card Show
- A Harvard Dean's 5 Essential Questions for Success
- COLLEGE STUDENTS: DO THESE THREE THINGS THIS SUMMER TO BOOST YOUR FINANCES
- Annual PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge Gives Undergraduates Real-World Engineering Practicum