QUESTION:What issue inspired you to run for council and how would your presence on the council make a difference?

(1 seat)

C. Vernon Gray (Democrat) is unopposed

C. Vernon Gray (D)

9226 Snowshoe Lane, Columbia

Age: 51


Member, Howard County Council, 1982-present, chairman, 1985-87; professor of political science, Morgan State University, Baltimore; chairman, Zoning Board, 1990; former chairman, Liquor Board, three years; treasurer, Maryland Association of Counties, 1990; board member, National Association of Counties, 1985-present; vice chairman of health steering committee and chairman of drug task force, National Association of Counties 1989-90; member, Maryland Museum of African Art, United Way Community Partnerships and Howard County General Hospital Capital Fund; listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the United States and Who's Who Among Black Americans. A.

I decided to run for office for the following reasons: 1) A desire to serve my community beyond participation in nonprofit volunteer organizations. I felt that my experience, knowledge and expertise could serve my county well; 2) A desire to broaden representation on the council beyond that which existed at the time of my initial election; 3) A desire to raise and promote issues, and legislate in policy areas is of deep concern to me. I think that my presence on the council has made a difference and will continue to make a difference in the following ways: I have been able to provide valuable assistance to community organizations that have "permanent" importance and consequences, which may not have been the case if I had only participated in community organizations. I have been able to raise issues and concerns that otherwise might have gone unaddressed. I have provided access to the political system for persons of all ages, races and income levels who feel confident that I can sufficiently address their concerns.