D.C. mayor's race: Profiles of possible contenders

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Vincent C. Gray, D.C. Council chairman

Current term: Jan. 2, 2007, to Jan. 2, 2011.

Ward 7 council member: Jan. 2, 2005, to Jan. 2, 2007.

Age: 67.

Education: Graduate of Dunbar High School; George Washington University, bachelor's degree in psychology.

Birthplace: The District.

Family: Two children and two grandchildren. Lives in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Ward 7. Wife died in 1998.

Career milestones

1991: Director of the D.C. Department of Human Services.

1994: Executive director of Covenant House, which serves homeless and at-risk youths.

2004: Elected Ward 7 council member, winning the November general election with 91 percent of the vote.

2006: Won the Democratic primary election for chairman of the D.C. Council.

R. Donahue Peebles, real estate developer

Education: Attended Rutgers University.

Birthplace: The District.

Family: Married with one daughter. Has homes in Coral Gables, Fla., and Cleveland Park.

Career milestones

1970s: Worked as a page on Capitol Hill.

1983: Incorporated RDP, a residential and commercial real estate appraisal firm.

1984: Appointed by then-Mayor Marion Barry to the District's tax appeals board.

1986: Developed a 100,000-square-foot Class A office building in the District.

1990: Founded RDP Assessment Appeals Services, a D.C.-based commercial tax assessment appeals firm.

Mid-1990s: Moved to Florida after a $48 million deal with the Barry administration collapsed after being criticized by the D.C. Council and the city's congressionally appointed financial control board.

1996: Began developing real estate projects with the City of Miami Beach, including an oceanfront and a luxury residential tower.

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