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Vincent C. Gray (born November 8, 19421) is an American politician who is currently serving as chairman of the Washington, D.C. City Council. He is also the Democratic nominee for Mayor of the District of Columbia.
Gray is a native of Washington, DC,2 and graduated from Dunbar High School.3 He earned a B.S. in psychology at George Washington University,3 where he also received a graduate degree. He is a member of Tau Epsilon Ph
Gray began his political career with the D.C. Association for Retarded Citizens, where he successfully advocated for innovative public policy initiatives on behalf of people with mental retardation.2 In 1991, then Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly appointed Mr. Gray to the post of Director of the DC Department of Human Services.23
Gray became the founding executive director of Covenant House Washington in December 1994.23 Over a decade, Gray grew the agency from a van outreach program to a multisite agency serving homeless youth in the city’s Southeast and Northeast communities
In the September 2004 primary election, Gray defeated Kevin P. Chavous, the incumbent Ward 7 member of the Council of the District of Columbia, and went on to win the November general election with 91% of the vote.2 He was sworn in as a member of the council on January 2, 20052, and was a member of the council’s Committees on Health; Economic Development; Human Services; and Education, Libraries and Recreation. Chairman Linda W. Cropp also appointed him to chair a Special Committee on Prevention of Youth Violence.
In 2006, when Cropp decided not to run for another term as chairman but to run for mayor instead, Gray ran for chairman.5 He defeated his council colleague Kathleen Patterson in the Democratic primary,6 57% to 43%,7 and then won the general election unopposed.8 Gray ran his campaign under the banner “One City” and focused on unity among the disparate racial and economic groups in Washington, D.C.9
In 2008, Gray successfully led his Council colleagues in passing the “Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Act of 2008”,2 a program to provide universal pre-kindergarten to every three- and four-year-old in the District of Columbia by 2014, to increase early intervention and enhancement services for student success.
Gray formally entered the race for Mayor of the District of Columbia on March 30, 2010.10 His campaign adopted the slogan, commonly used during his time as Council Chairman, “One City. Leadership We Need”.11 A Washington Post poll conducted in January 2010 showed Gray leading the incumbent mayor, Adrian Fenty, 38 percent to 31 percent among voters who are “certain” to participate in the September 14th Democratic Primary.12 The Washington Post noted that the poll’s results are an indication of voters’ disapproval of Fenty, rather than approval of Gray, because 36 percent of registered Democrats have no opinion of Gray.12 An August Washington Post poll found Gray with a 17-point advantage among likely voters and a 13-point lead among Democratic voters.13 It was reported early Wednesday morning on September 15, 2010 that Gray defeated Fenty in the primary election.14 Gray defeated Fenty by a 53 to 46 percent margin
Gray has two children, Jonice Gray Tucker and Vincent Carlos Gray, and two grandchildren, Austin Gray Tucker and Jillian Gray Tucker.1 Gray’s wife Loretta died in July 1998.2 Gray currently lives in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Ward 7.2 Gray is a Roman Catholic.