D.C. democratic mayoral candidates face off in forum

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - It was a face off at George Washington University Thursday morning for the democratic candidates vying to be D.C.'s next mayor. The issues at hand: business, economic development and housing in D.C.

Six of the eight candidates including Mayor Vincent Gray, four council members and state department employee Reta Jo Lewis were asked if elected what they would do to attract businesses back to the nation's capital.

During Thursday's discussion, councilman Jack Evans said he's learned the city is expected to have a surplus of more than $130 million in fiscal year 2015. All of the candidates were asked what they would do with the cash.

Another hot topic - Metro. Each candidate promised full funding for the transit agency. However, many had additional ideas about public transportation.

One of the most talked about topics right now is whether or not to legalize marijuana. All of the candidates said they support decriminalization - an issue that's currently before the council. Councilman Tommy Wells says eventually he wants legalization.

Two of the candidates, Andy Shallal and Carlos Allen were not at the forum. Other forums and debates are scheduled between now and April 1st when the democratic primary will be held.