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Mr. Gray’s picks likely will not face the same finger-wagging as those of Mr. Fenty, whose UDC nominees were summarily rejected by the council when Mr. Gray was its chairman.

“I have reached out to the mayor and he will be sending names to the council soon,” Council Chairman Kwame Brown said Tuesday. “He understands the importance of moving quickly on this matter, I will move the nominees quickly for hearing[s] once they are received.”