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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- WUSA9's Bruce Johnson reported on Tuesday that D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry would endorse Mayor Vince Gray for re-election.

A press release from Gray's campaign on Wednesday confirms that report. In a release titled "MARION BARRY ENDORSES MAYOR VINCE GRAY FOR REELECTION" Barry is quoted as saying, "I've known Vince for more than 30 years. His heart is in the right place."

The statement continues, "Vince began his career as an advocate for people with developmental disabilities, led the D.C. Department of Human Services and founded Covenant House in Southeast. Vince has a proven track record that he cares about people."

"Vince has built on my legacy of caring for senior citizens and long-time residents," said Barry. "He is a leader who has invested in our communities from the beginning. That is where his record is and that is where his heart is. Vince Gray is the candidate we can trust to keep moving our city forward."

"I'm not interested in someone with a 'new plan' proposed during election season. I'm not interested in someone with zero experience to manage this 10 billion dollar corporation called the DC government. I want someone with a solid track record and Vince Gray has been there for us, and will continue to be there for us like no other."

Seven unions, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Hotel Association, the Latino Caucus and the Asian American & Pacific Islanders Caucus have also endorsed Gray.

The Democratic primary election for mayor is April 1.

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