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Mayor Vince Gray courted voters (and some controversy) last week when he accepted an endorsement from Marion Barry. But Gray isn’t the only candidate getting some help from bold-faced names in the mayor’s race. Her are some of the other famous and sort-of-famous names making endorsements this year.

Danny Glover

Claim to Fame: Actor

Candidate: Andy Shallal

Endorsement Duties: Whipped up Shallal supporters at a Ward 8 town hall

 

Peter Yarrow

Claim to Fame: One third of Peter Paul and Mary who co-wrote “Puff the Magic Dragon”

Candidate: Shallal

Endorsement DutiesSang Shallal-themed versions of ’60s folk songs at a fundraiser

George Pelecanos

Claim to Fame: Neo-noir D.C. crime novelist

Candidate: Shallal

Endorsement Duties: Read education-themed passages from one of his books to Shallal supporters

 

Steve Francis

Claim to Fame: Former Houston Rockets and Maryland Terrapins player

Candidate: Muriel Bowser

Endorsement Duties: Headlined a fundraiser

 

Lynwood Westray

Claim to Fame: Former White House butler (but not that butler)

Candidate: Jack Evans

Endorsement Duties: Accepted a ceremonial resolution from Evans

 

Spike Mendelsohn

Claim to FameTop chef contestant and fast casual restaurant magnate

Candidate: Tommy Wells

Endorsement Duties: Threw a pool party fundraiser for Wells at the Capitol Skyline Hotel

Glover by Matthew N. Stoller, Yarrow by Phil Konstantin, Pelecanos by Larry D. Moore. CC 2.0 Attribution/ShareAlike.