2013 DC Vote Champions of Democracy Awards Gala
On Oct. 9, Mayor Vincent Gray and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton attended the annual gala hosted at the Mayflower Hotel by DC Vote, a national educational and advocacy organization. Honorees Mary Ann Stein, DC Veterans and Representative Jose E. Serrano (D-NY) were recognized for their dedication to fulfilling the promise of democracy. Mayor Gray noted that the federal shutdown only served to magnify the ramifications of District disenfranchisement. "The District of Columbia is not a federal agency," Mayor Gray declared to applause "and we're not asking anybody for federal money, we're simply asking for the authority to spend our own dollars."