Former recreation director Clark E. Ray is calling in a big favor from his past in his race to unseat D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large).
Tipper Gore, his former boss, will attend his first fundraiser Oct. 13, his camp announced.
Ray, who began his campaign for the council after he was terminated as director of Parks and Recreation, was deputy campaign manager and chief of staff for Tipper Gore during Gore 2000, said Peter Rosenstein, a lead spokesman of Ray's campaign.
Rosenstein said Ray's entrance into the council election should not have been unexpected. His Democratic and political roots are strong, he said. "He's not new to politics," Rosenstein said.
Ray is up against Mendelson, who handily beat opponent A. Scott Bolden in the 2006 primary with 64 percent of the vote.
-- Nikita Stewart