Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, targeted by a federal corruption investigation of his 2010 campaign, lost the Democratic primary Tuesday.
Councilwoman Muriel Bowers was the victor, winning 35,899 votes to the incumbent's 26,209 in a crowded field. Bowers promised to represent the entire city, including those who voted for Gray.
“It’s our job to let them know that I’ll be their mayor, too,” she said. “We’re going to earn their support. We’re going to hear their vision, and we’re going to work with them.”
Gray said he will continue to do his job for the nine months he will remain in office.
Phyllis Caudle-Green, a retired investment banker, said the city needs to go in "a new direction" and that she likes the idea of having a black woman in the mayor's office. Caudle-Green said she voted for Gray in 2010 against Mayor Adrian Fenty.
“I don’t necessarily think the mayor is guilty,” she told the Washington Post. “I just don’t think we need that distraction.”
The loss makes Gray the city's second one-term mayor in succession. Fenty lost in 2010 in a primary that was partly a referendum on changes made by his choice for schools chief, Michelle Rhee.
In the heavily Democratic city, the party's choice is almost certain to win.