Former DC mayor Gray begins comeback after investigation

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Posted: Feb 04, 2016 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has begun his political comeback after a lengthy federal investigation ended with no charges against him.

The 73-year-old Democrat announced Thursday that he will run for the D.C. Council in his home ward east of the Anacostia River. Gray, who is black, has a strong base of support in the ward, which is overwhelmingly black and less affluent than most of the city.

Gray served one term as mayor. He lost his re-election bid in the 2014 Democratic primary to current Mayor Muriel Bowser. Three weeks before the primary, a federal prosecutor said in court that Gray knew about an illegal slush fund that helped him get elected in 2010.

Gray said he was unaware that his aides were breaking the law.