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Alderman DaJuan Gay to seek full term in Ward 6

Alderman DaJuan Gay will seek a full term representing Ward 6 on the Annapolis City Council. Gay, a Democrat, was elected in a 2019 special election after running a strong write-in campaign for the seat vacated by Del. Shaneka Henson, D-Annapolis.
Alderman DaJuan Gay will seek a full term representing Ward 6 on the Annapolis City Council. Gay, a Democrat, was elected in a 2019 special election after running a strong write-in campaign for the seat vacated by Del. Shaneka Henson, D-Annapolis. (Courtesy Photo)

Alderman DaJuan Gay will seek a full term representing Ward 6 on the Annapolis City Council.

Gay, a Democrat, was elected in a 2019 special election after running a strong write-in campaign for the seat vacated by Del. Shaneka Henson, D-Annapolis, who left to serve in the Maryland House of Delegates.

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During his time on the council, and previously as a college student and community activist, Gay has focused on issues of equity and providing resources for his ward. Another term would help him fulfill some of the promises he’s made in the two-plus years in the seat, including improving housing affordability in the city and helping stand up the Office of Community Services, a new city department tasked with connecting residents with social services, he said.

“I felt like the work wasn’t done,” Gay said in an interview Wednesday. “I want to see some successes in the programs we have established.”

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Gay is the seventh City Council incumbent to announce reelection plans. Democratic Mayor Gavin Buckley is also seeking another term. Alderman Fred Paone, R-Ward 2, has announced he is retiring after four terms on the council.

The filing deadline for city candidates is Monday. Gay said he plans to file his candidacy paperwork by the end of this week.

Gay, who has championed pay increases for council members, said he recently accepted a full-time job at a Maryland nonprofit, which factored into his decision to run again.

I just felt like if I wanted to represent my constituents, the best way I knew I could, I had to make sure that everything else was taken care of around me,” he said.

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No other Democratic candidate has entered the race in Ward 8. Gay would face a familiar face in the general election, George Gallagher, a Republican who sought to represent Ward 6 in the 2019 special election.

The city’s primary election is on Sept. 21.

More information about the 2021 city elections can be found on the city’s website: annapolis.gov/1702/2021-Elections-Information.


This story will be updated as additional candidates announce or file. If you are a candidate who is interested in announcing their campaign to The Capital please email Brooks DuBose at bdubose@capgaznews.com.

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