District officials react to recall efforts

Vincent Gray, mayor
Mayor Vincent Gray said in response to a move to recall him that holding a special election would force the city to incur an extra cost, adding that his administration is moving the District forward. Hatchet File Photo

The city’s two highest officials responded last week to the early efforts from a District activist to oust the pair from their seats in a recall election.

Frederick Butler filed paperwork of intent Jan. 11 to recall alumnus and Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, citing “unethical behavior.” Gray said in a response obtained by DCist that he considers it “ill-advised” to hold a recall “given the cost entailed in holding a city wide special election and the progress the Gray administration is making in a number of areas critical to the future of our city.”

He provided a bullet-pointed list of his top achievements, ranging from education to job growth and safety.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown also outlined his accomplishments and goals, adding that with help from District residents, he can “keep the District strong.”

Butler must gather signatures from at least 10 percent of D.C. voters – or more than 45,000 individuals – in 180 days to get the recall on the ballot.

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