- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 5, 2002

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. Barry, who endorsed Mr. Williams' opponent, the Rev. Willie F. Wilson, in the Democratic primary.
Mr. Williams, 51, after participating in the Cleveland Park Citizens Association forum Saturday, held two motorcades through Ward 3.
With the endorsements of The Washington Post and The Washington Times, the backing of the Metropolitan Council of the AFL-CIO and the city's two largest business organizations, Mr. Williams is confident of winning a second term. Pundits predict he could get 90 percent of the vote.
"I'm not worried about numbers," Mr. Williams said.
"I just want to win and show the people in my next term just how much I care and how hard I will fight for them."
Mrs. Schwartz, 58, also participated in the Cleveland Park forum and toured a housing project with ACORN Housing Corp., a nonprofit advocacy group.
Four years ago, Mr. Williams defeated Mrs. Schwartz in the general election by a 2-to-1 margin.
This year, numerous forgeries on the mayor's nominating petitions got him booted off the Democratic Party primary ballot. He was fined $250,000 and forced to run an expensive write-in campaign.
Mr. Williams' successful campaign to beat Mr. Wilson for the nomination all but depleted his $1.4 million campaign chest, prompting him to run a low-key general-election campaign built around community appearances.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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