GOP Hitching Ride on Fenty’s Coattails into Four Council Races
(Washington Post) — If voters in Upper Northwest peer closely at David Hedgepeth’s chest, they can sometimes tell he’s a Republican. Were it not for the elephant pin on his jacket, most Ward 3 residents would not know the Bronx native is hoping to ride the nationwide GOP tide into office in the heavily Democratic district. One of four Republicans running for the council on Nov. 2, which party leaders say may be a record, Hedgepeth rarely mentions his party affiliation in his race against freshman Mary M. Cheh (D). Instead, the 42-year-old has attached himself to one of city’s most prominent Democrats, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.