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Fenty Says This Is Likely His Last Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Mayor Adrian Fenty called Vincent Gray to concede and promised to work with him on the general election and the transition.

But the defeated mayor declined to look back much on how he lost -- or offer much insight on what he does next.
Fenty is not yet 40, and he's spent half his adult life in public service. He says he has no other job offers at this point, but insists he'll keep charging ahead for the next 106 days that he's Mayor of the District of Columbia.

By the time he finally conceded only the hard core supporters had the energy to come back to his campaign headquarters. "It's very probable that I would not be in elected office again. No one can predict the future, but I feel I've had my turn," he said.

Late in the campaign, the brash reform-minded mayor apologized for excluding people as he pushed ahead. But he seems to be done apologizing. "You leave everything on the court. You don't go around saying, 'I'm going to have this long so I can kind of space my tough decision making over a long period of time."

You don't have to go far from his campaign headquarters to find people who felt left out. At the Peabody Farmers Market next door, plenty of people feel they were excluded as Fenty pushed new development. "There are a lot of condos coming up and driving us out," said one man. "Driving you out?" "Yeah." "You feel like you've been driven out of the city." "Yeah. Lot of condos being built and we can't afford it."

Hso Kem of Northeast felt the same way. "To walk around H Street, and people eating in those restaurants, full every night, and they're a lot of people on H Street, and they cannot afford a plate of food in those restaurants."

His campaign workers saw a different side of him. "He did care about his staff members, he did care about the people," said Phil Sanders, a disabled vet who worked on two Fenty campaigns. 
Fenty has a law degree, but he's spent very little time practicing law -- and he got into a bit of trouble with the DC bar when he did.

He has not completely ruled out another run for political office.
But he does say it's almost 100 percent certain he'll stay in Washington, and serve this community in some way.

Written by Bruce Leshan
9News Now & wusa9.com


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