Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of profiles on the candidates running for D.C. mayor in 2014. Click here to read all the profiles.
Mayor Vincent Gray has lived in D.C. his entire life. Before getting into politics, he spent decades working in human services and with non-profit organizations.
Gray was elected to the D.C. Council in 2004, representing Ward 7; two years later, he won a special election to become council chair.
U.S. Attorney Ron Machen says the 2010 election, in which Gray defeated incumbent Adrian Fenty, “was compromised by back room deals, secret payments and a flood of unreported cash.” Several people who worked on Gray’s campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies related to more than $600,000 in off-the-books funds meant to help Gray win. The mayor has steadfastly denied knowledge of the “shadow campaign” and says he will not seek a plea deal if he is indicted.