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Wells' Consideration of Mayoral Post Ignites Discussions

James Wright | , WI Staff Writer | 7/12/2012, 2:37 p.m.

Wells is known on the D.C. Council as an ethically-minded legislator who is working to make the city more "bikeable and walkable" and is pushing streetcars for some major thoroughfares. His crowning legislative achievement is the passing of the "bag tax" in 2009, which assesses five cents for plastic bags in the District.

Nick McCoy, a black political activist in Northwest, said that he thinks the city is ready for a white to lead it and "it is time."

"I think so but for some people, there is a real question of whether D.C. is ready to elect a non-person of color [for] mayor," said McCoy, 36. "This is not a conversation we in the city would have had a few years ago."

McCoy said that he would have to look at Wells platform "just like I would look at anyone else's." Wells, said McCoy, has not sponsored any anti-black legislation, and that's all right with him.

McCoy, however, said that he does have a preference when it comes to which white could be the next mayor.

"I would look at Phil Mendelson as mayor," he said, referring to the new D.C. Council chairman.

Angela Moore, who is the owner and artistic director of A&A Productions, LLC in Southeast, said that she would "advocate for all races to go for government offices" but would still prefer a black mayor.

"I would vote for a qualified African-American candidate for mayor in 2014 who would work for the people of D.C.," said Moore, 28. "I would love for the mayor to be African American."

Motley said that he wishes Wells luck in his mayoral quest.

"The election will come down to who can get their troops out to vote," he said. "If he can do that, more power to him."