- The Washington Times - Monday, October 28, 2002

There are five candidates on the ballot in the race for D.C. mayor. Only two matter. Carol Schwartz is in the race for the fourth time. She ran twice against Marion Barry, and against Tony Williams in 1998. When she isn't running for mayor and losing, Mrs. Schwartz runs and wins citywide D.C. Council races. Her perennial candidacies occur mostly because her politics are indistinguishable from Democrats despite the fact that she is a card-carrying Republican. Mrs. Schwartz has, as good Republicans do, long fought for tax cuts and easily expresses her displeasures with the mayor. Yet, she indulges greens and is a strong proponent of D.C. statehood efforts. In other words, as a senior lawmaker amid the status quo, Mrs. Schwartz has yet to establish herself as a political maverick. A perennial candidate, one has to question her motives. In fact, Mrs. Schwartz was somewhat content sitting out this race. She didn't run in the Republican primary, and is only running now because she was coaxed.
Mr. Williams, on the other hand, deserves the job. That is why The Washington Times is endorsing Tony Williams for a second term as mayor.
He has set himself apart from the status quo in several ways, including:
Education. While the District's children languished because of a disinterested city council and political bickering on the school board, Mr. Williams stepped up to the challenge. When he discovered that voters would not favor an all-mayoral-appointed school board, he worked with the council to create a hybrid: a part-elected, part-appointed board. He also fully funded the school budget, and he is helping establish another first a unique high-tech high school through a public-private partnership.
Economic policies. True to Democratic form, Mr. Williams opposes income-tax cuts, and one his first significant political losses was the council's veto-proof, tax-cutting legislation. His administration prefers targeted tax incentives, which in some ways are paying off. The building and housing booms are not only helping to offset a loss in income-tax revenues but, more importantly, lure big-box retail and housing for professionals and singles. Also, more families are now first-time homeowners, and deteriorated low-income housing is being replaced with single-family homes.
Administration. The city is organized. Residents still complain and rightly so about inadequate services, but at least they know who to call and who to blame: courtesy of the Williams administration.
Of course, Mrs. Schwartz will have none of this. She jabs at the mayor whoever he is every chance she gets. That's politics. She is a legislator, and he is a chief executive. She wants his job.
Her supporters want her to have it. For many of them, the scandalous petition boondoggle that forced Mr. Williams to launch a write-in campaign for the primary was too much. But anti-mayor really and truly isn't the same as being Pro-Carol something Mrs. Schwartz learned again in 1998, when Mr. Williams won 66 percent of the vote in the general election compared to her 30 percent.
That 2-1 margin, coupled with the accomplishments of the Williams administration, the professional stature of the mayor himself and certainly his managerial skills, lead us to us to one conclusion: The Washington Times is pleased to endorse Anthony A. Williams, Democrat, in the Nov. 5 general election for mayor.

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