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WASHINGTON (WUSA9)-- Associates to DC Mayor Vincent Gray tell WUSA9 that the mayor is preparing to launch a campaign for re-election and his daily schedule reflects that.

Using the power of incumbency Gray staffers have stacked his schedule with the type of appearances he made on Wednesday in far Northeast.

Gray helped cut the ribbon for the long-awaited Nannie Helen Burroughs apartments in a part of the District, east of the Anacostia River, that has been begging for affordable housing.

The Mayor says the city government has invested about $19 million in the project.

The developer is a DC native. Tony Wash says he's been working on the project for six years and will be lucky to recover his administrative costs when its done, because of the location and investor fears of doing business "not on the west side of the River."

Gray will need Ward 7 voters if he is to win a second term.

He says he is still not ready to declare. His politicalsupporters say he has until about Labor Day to do so.

The US Attorney continues his probe of Mayor Gray's campaign that saw three staffers plead guilty to felony charges.

Gray has not been called a target but sources name one of his biggest fundraisers businessman Jeffery Thompson has a key figure in the probe. Thompson's aid Jeanne Clarke Harris has taken a plea and admitted she helped funneled strawdonations to campaigns.

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