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Topic - Patrick Mara
D.C. voters will turn out Tuesday to elect a council member and to decide whether to grant the city budget autonomy from Congress the fourth time in a year that residents have been asked to take to the polls.
D.C. Council candidate Patrick Mara on Tuesday called on Mayor Vincent C. Gray to replace the city's fire chief, saying Kenneth Ellerbe is "not the best person for the job."
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Vincent B. Orange, who awoke Wednesday as the newest member of the D.C. Council, said a "perfect storm" of divided support among nine candidates helped him stave off an ambitious Republican and oust the Democratic incumbent in Tuesday's special election for an at-large council seat.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will get an early test of his political capital in the April 26 special election to fill a City Council vacancy, and members of both parties already say the new mayor is misreading the tea leaves.
"D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe arrived to the job under a dark cloud. His tenure has been unremarkable and checkered by controversy. It is time for Mayor Gray to find a replacement," Mr. Mara said in a statement.