Vincent Gray: D.C. mayoral contender and eligible single
Adrian Fenty or Vincent Gray for D.C. mayor? Aside from all the serious issues, voters in the Democratic primary will be choosing between the photogenic family man . . . and the candidate who would be the first single guy to hold the office.
Gray, 67, has been a widower for the past 12 years. His wife of 27 years, Loretta, died of cancer in 1998. He has two grown children: Jonice Gray Tucker, 35, and Carlos Gray, 33, and two grandchildren.
But there's no girlfriend right now.
"Yes, I date, but have not found a woman I am ready to marry," Gray told us via e-mail Monday. "My work ethic, lifestyle and the spontaneity of serving the residents of the District of Columbia have made personal relationships difficult because I do not like to disappoint people, among other reasons."
Gray calls campaign chair Lorraine Green his "closest friend" -- the two met years ago while working for Sharon Pratt when she was mayor -- but she's a "good friend-friend. We are not in a romantic relationship."
Good news for all the single ladies. Gray is hardworking, religious (a lifelong Catholic), and kind of a metrosexual: He's a huge fan of "Sex and the City" and loves old-fashioned hand-dancing -- at Cora Masters Barry's 65th birthday party in May, he displayed some impressive moves on the dance floor.
If he wins both the primary and general election, Gray will be the first single mayor in 20 years. Sharon Pratt was divorced when she was elected in 1990 -- she married James Kelly the following year.
And even with all his romantic escapades, Marion Barry was a married man every time he ran for mayor. He was wed to Effi Barry when he was elected to his first, second and third terms and to Cora when he won his fourth term in 1994.
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August 31, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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