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Mayor Vince Gray was very happy this morning about Kenyan McDuffie’s win in Ward 5.

Asked about last night’s election at a press conference today, Gray called McDuffie “an outstanding choice.” *

“First of all,” Gray said, “it was a resounding turnout in Ward 5. Lots of people voted yesterday and an overwhelming number of people voted for Kenyan McDuffie. He, of course, worked with Paul Quander, who is our deputy mayor for public safety and justice. [McDuffie] resigned in order to be able to run for this office, and we knew he was going to be a very credible candidate based on his work.”

What else does Gray like about the newest member of the D.C. Council? He’s a “native Washingtonian” and “he has a family” including “two young children.”

Of course, the pleasant feelings may not last through the first time McDuffie votes against a Gray administration priority. But for now, consider the Wilson Building in a good mood.

* Correction: Due to a reporting error, this post originally quoted Gray calling McDuffie “an astounding choice.”

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