D.C. mayoral race petitons begin Friday

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Candidates for mayor of Washington are about to start circulating petitions to get their names on the ballot for the April 1 Democratic primary.

So far, those candidates do not include the incumbent mayor, Vincent Gray. He says he hasn't made up his mind about whether to seek a second term, although he says he's proud of what his administration has accomplished. Complicating matters for Gray is an ongoing federal investigation of his 2010 campaign. Four people who worked on that campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies.

The D.C. Board of Elections is making petitions available starting Friday. Candidates must collect 2,000 signatures of registered Democrats by Jan. 2. Gray said this week it would only take him a few days to gather the necessary signatures.