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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.
Claim to Fame: Actor
Candidate: Andy Shallal
Endorsement Duties: Whipped up Shallal supporters at a Ward 8 town hall
Claim to Fame: One third of Peter Paul and Mary who co-wrote “Puff the Magic Dragon”
Endorsement Duties: Sang Shallal-themed versions of ’60s folk songs at a fundraiser
Claim to Fame: Neo-noir D.C. crime novelist
Endorsement Duties: Read education-themed passages from one of his books to Shallal supporters
Claim to Fame: Former Houston Rockets and Maryland Terrapins player
Candidate: Muriel Bowser
Endorsement Duties: Headlined a fundraiser
Claim to Fame: Former White House butler (but not that butler)
Candidate: Jack Evans
Endorsement Duties: Accepted a ceremonial resolution from Evans
Claim to Fame: Top chef contestant and fast casual restaurant magnate
Candidate: Tommy Wells
Endorsement Duties: Threw a pool party fundraiser for Wells at the Capitol Skyline Hotel
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