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Comptroller to run for re-election

The Baltimore Sun

Ending speculation that she would run in the mayor's race, Comptroller Joan M. Pratt has quietly filed to run for re-election for city comptroller.

Pratt, 55, a Democrat, has served as the city's comptroller since 1995. She currently faces no opponents.

Pratt has expressed interest in running for mayor and formed an exploratory committee last year. "I think that I could be more effective in the mayor's position [than as comptroller]," she said last year.

Pratt did not return calls for comment yesterday.

As the city's No. 3 elected official, Pratt serves on the five-member Board of Estimates, which approves all city contracts and spending, and on the Board of Finance.

Her office also supervises the Department of Audits and city auditor, and the Department of Real Estate.

She graduated from Hampton University in Virginia with a bachelor's degree in science in 1974 and earned a master of science degree from the University of Baltimore in 1991.

Previously, Pratt served as a comptroller for institutions such as the Legal Aid Bureau Inc. and Family and Children's Society Project of the Urban Services Agency, where she was director of finance and administration.

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