Vincent C. Gray (D)

Age: 61

Residence: Hillcrest.

Education: BA, psychology, George Washington University; completed courses for MA, clinical psychology, George Washington University.

Occupation: Executive director, Covenant House Washington.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairperson, Ward 7 Democrats; member, Hillcrest Civic Association; member and committee chair, D.C. Democratic State Committee; vice chair, Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Lack of leadership resulting in many other problems. Ward 7 and its residents deserve full-time attention, responsive leadership and excellent constituent services. Ward 7 needs a council member who will craft, advocate for and implement solutions to the difficult issues that affect the lives of its residents. Throughout my career, I have led and worked collaboratively with others to make available programs and services to improve life for D.C. residents. Lastly, a council member's office should always provide excellent customer service to its constituents. Sadly, that has not been the case in Ward 7. It is time for a change."

Why should voters elect you?

"As a native Washingtonian, my love for this city runs deep. I am committed to working to improve the quality of its residents' lives."

Web site:

www.vincegrayward7.com

E-mail address:

info@vincegrayward7.com

Michele Tingling-Clemmons (STG)

Age: 53

Residence: Benning Heights.

Education: BA, black studies/sociology, Wellesley College; graduate study, education, City College of New York, and adult education, University of the District of Columbia.

Occupation: Teaching, organizing and administrative consultant to groups including Metropolitan D.C. Health Consortium and Alliance for Fairness in Reforms to Medicaid.

Elected offices/civic activities: Former secretary, Capital Area Food Bank; policy advisory committee member, Covenant House Washington; former chair, D.C. Hunger Action; co-organizer, D.C. Seniors' Health Care Crisis and National Health Insurance for All conferences; steering committee member, D.C. Statehood Green Party; co-chair, Black Caucus, Green Party U.S.; board member, National Welfare Rights Union; former member, D.C. Statewide Health Coordinating Council; former co-chair, Health Equal Access League; former radio host.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"The most urgent problem facing Ward 7 is our city administration's (including mayor and council) systematic disinvestment in our residents, including our schools, environment, land use, housing, health care, small businesses, security, but most importantly, our people, from the youngest to the most senior. The funding cuts from recreation, summer jobs, after-school programs and other supports for working families, as well as contracting out of jobs, have resulted in part in the rash of car thefts and associated deaths. Yet our leaders recommend harsher punishments rather than the comprehensive solution to support our youth and families by restoring our resources."

Why should voters elect you?

"Constituents should elect me to have a council member who is responsive, honest, capable, willing to fight for the people's interests and not for sale."

Web site:

None given.

E-mail address:

Mirico5@aol.com

Jerod Tolson (R)

Age: 32

Residence: Eastland Gardens.

Education: Completed business courses, Georgetown University.

Occupation: President, Tolson Logistics.

Elected offices/civic activities: Ward 7 chairman, D.C. Republican Committee; member, D.C. Young Republicans; member, Native Washingtonian Club; member, Eastland Gardens Civic Association.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Juvenile crime is the most pressing issue facing Ward 7. We must find ways to challenge our youth and to redirect their energies into constructive, positive activities and away from negative activities such as auto thefts, burglaries and vandalism. We have seen violent crimes decline but are experiencing a rise in nonviolent crimes. We must keep our youth out of the criminal justice system and find ways to stimulate their minds. Once we eliminate crime, we will be able to bring economic development to Ward 7."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am a third-generation Washingtonian, and I understand the challenges and problems that D.C. residents face -- not from hearing but from living it."

Web site:

www.votetolson7.com

E-mail address:

jerod@votetolson7.com