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Bowser's plan took attacks from three candidates at Saturday's Ward 8 Democrats forum, including rapper Carlos Allen and At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange. "You don’t need no deputy mayor of anybody to come and help you out," Orange told the crowd. "What you need is leadership to get it done."
Mayor Vince Gray, who's started calling Wards 7 and 8 "the East End," used Bowser's proposal to pivot into an applause line. "You don’t need a Deputy Mayor for East of the River Strategy," Gray said. "You need a mayor who’s going to be focused on East of the River, and by the way, I live east of the river.”
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