Mayoral Hopefuls Make Final Push; Williams Seen Coasting to victory.(METROPOLITAN)
Byline: Brian DeBose, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The campaigns of the two leading candidates for D.C. mayor shifted into overdrive this weekend in preparation for today's election.
Incumbent Mayor Anthony A. Williams, a Democrat, said he would "not take a single vote for granted" in his rematch against his Republican opponent, at-large D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz. He made a series of campaign stops yesterday, including one at the new Giant store in the Brentwood neighborhood in Northeast, the first supermarket to open in that quadrant of the city in more than a decade.
The mayor also met with seniors in Ward 4 yesterday evening and planned to meet with Ward 3 residents at the Park Bench Pub on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest to watch the Miami Dolphins take on the Green Bay Packers in last night's NFL football matchup.
Polling stations in the District will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mrs. Schwartz, who is seeking the office for a fourth time, visited the Eastern Market, Potomac Avenue and Minnesota Avenue Metro stations in Wards 6 and 7.
Since Sept. 26, Mrs. Schwartz has raised more than $142,000 and organized an all-volunteer campaign staff. In addition to endorsements from the Washington City Paper, the Intowner and the Northwest Current, Mrs. Schwartz, a liberal Republican, was endorsed last week by the Fraternal Order of Police, the U.S. Capitol Police and Emergency Medical Service workers.
"Ask them if their lives have improved, if their schools have improved, and ask them if they have better hospitals and health care," Mrs. Schwartz has said during recent campaign appearances.
Mrs. Schwartz also said she is reaching out to disaffected Democrats, independents and those upset with what she calls "ethical lapses" by the Williams administration. Her first run for mayor was in 1986.
On Sunday, Mr. Williams led Democrats in a raucous rally at the historic Lincoln Theatre. He was joined by former D.C. Mayors Walter Washington, Sharon Pratt Kelly and Marion S. Barry Jr., who have endorsed him.
"Tony Williams on his worst day as mayor is better than Carol Schwartz on her best day," said Mr. …