Mayoral wannabes, including Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and businessman R. Donahue Peebles, are certainly drawing out their decisions to challenge incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

But LL hears another politico who has thus far kept his supporters hanging is nearing a decision. At-Large Councilmember David A. Catania will soon announce whether he will run for a fourth full term.

According to Ben Young, Catania’s chief of staff, the 13-year council veteran expects to make a decision shortly after his 42nd birthday, which is on Jan. 16. As to what that decision will be, Catania has informed several close supporters to assume that he’s running again.

Catania, of course, will stand for re-election as an independent less than a year after his greatest legislative triumph—-legalizing gay marriages in the District of Columbia—-to add to a strong record on city health issues. He would have one thus-far-declared opponent: Anthony Motley, a Ward 8 minister and community activist who abandoned his Democratic party affiliation last year to pursue an independent run.

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