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As a prominent philanthropist, D.C. Board of Education presidential candidate Peggy Cooper Cafritz hobnobs with the city’s political heavyweights. Now, opponents grouse, Cafritz has an even more powerful interest group in her corner: This month, D.C. First Lady Diane Simmons Williams—whose husband, Mayor Anthony A. Williams, has yet to endorse a candidate—signed on as treasurer for Cafritz’s campaign. Cafritz says that she chose Simmons Williams, who works as vice president for finance and administration at the Greater Washington Urban League, for her number-crunching skills rather than her political connection. “She’s the only personal friend I have who’s a woman and a CFO type,” says Cafritz. Opponents aren’t so sure. “Everyone ought to have a mayor’s wife as treasurer,” says fellow candidate Larry Gray. “That’s not a complaint. I’d love to have the mayor’s support.” —Laura Lang