Calvin H. Gurley
Calvin H. Gurley
|Alma mater||Bowie State University B.S.|
|Political party||Democratic (until 2014, since 2015) Independent (2014−2015)|
Gurley was raised in Washington, D.C. Gurley attended Eastern High School, where he played defensive back on the football team. Gurley graduated from Bowie State University with a bachelor of science degree. Gurley also took graduate classes in finance at the University of the District of Columbia.
From March 1985 to September 1985, Gurley worked as a tax auditor for the District of Columbia Department of Finance and Revenue.
1986 campaign for Mayor
Gurley announced his candidacy for mayor of the District of Columbia in 1986. Unemployed and living in Anacostia, Gurley ran as a Democratic candidate, challenging Marion Barry's reelection. Gurley said he was running for office so that a lifelong District resident would be in charge of the District's government. Gurley advocated for improvements to the District's prison system and housing department, and he said that Mayor Barry's leadership was "decaying".
The District of Columbia Office of Business and Economic Development opened a neighborhood revitalization office in Anacostia, in order to give low-interest loans to small businesses for upgrades to the business' outside appearance. Gurley described the office as "a solution in search of a problem". Gurley said that businesses in Anacostia needed "money" and "technical assistance" rather than an governmental agency that did little more than "filling office space".
During a scheduled debate among the mayoral candidates, Gurley called for the death penalty for drug addicts who contribute to drug overdoses of other people. The audience loudly booed him for his statement. Gurley later corrected himself, saying he meant to say he supported the death penalty for drug dealers who contribute to drug overdoses.
At a candidates forum in Ward 8, Gurley showed a slide show of boarded-up houses, blaming Mayor Barry for their condition. At another campaign stop, Gurley said that vacant houses should be renovated more quickly and that new housing developments should have more homes available for low- and middle-income residents.
Gurley repeated his campaign theme of "anybody but Barry". Gurley criticized Barry for sending his son to a private school. Gurley noted that public schooling was suitable for President Jimmy Carter's daughter but not for Barry's son. Gurley suggested that Barry would increase funding for public schools if his own son were attending them. Gurley said he would voluntarily take a drug test and challenged Barry to do the same.
Gurley said the most serious problem facing the District was that federal authorities had taken control of certain functions of the government of the District of Columbia due to mismanagement, resulting in what Gurley called "the loss of home rule". Gurley said that the District had not improved at all during the previous four years, with the exception of downtown.
At a meeting of the District of Columbia Ward 6 Democrats, the group decided to endorse Barry for reelection. In the straw vote, Barry received 74 percent, candidate Mattie Taylor received 16 percent, and Gurley received 9 percent. Gurley's campaign chairman, Doug McLellan, called the event a "staged event" and accused Barry's campaign of packing the meeting with his supporters. The president of the group said the straw vote was legitimate because it was publicized widely and that Gurley lost the straw vote because his campaign did not have much visibility around the ward. At meeting of the Ward 4 Democrats, the results of the straw vote were 95 percent for Barry, 4 percent for Taylor, and 1 percent for Gurley.
1990 campaign for Mayor
At a debate held in March, Gurley advocated for a publicly funded military school for youths in order to prevent drug use. In Gurley's words, the District should "grab these kids off the street from mothers who don't care" and enroll them at the military academy.
1990 campaign for Council, Ward 6
Gurley continued to support the establishment of a public military school for youth in the District. Gurley wanted police officers to walk the streets in order to stop individuals from loitering. Gurley wanted to make sure taxis would serve the neighborhood of Anacostia so that people doing neighborhood patrols could teach children instead. Gurley wanted the District to use property confiscated in drug arrests to be used to fund drug education and prevention, additional pay for police officers, and youth-recreation projects.
2004 proposed ballot initiative
In 2004, Gurley proposed a ballot initiative called "Mr. Bill Cosby’s Age 18 House Rule".
At the time, Gurley paid child support for two of his children, a 9-year-old daughter and a nearly 18-year-old son.
Gurley explained the ballot initiative, saying that "black families still carry as their commandment, is once you reach 18, you're out the house."
Gurley did not submit sufficient valid signatures to the District of Columbia Board of Elections, and the proposed ballot initiative did not appear on the ballot.
2004 campaign for Democratic State Committee, Ward 4
2010 campaign for Mayor
2011 campaign for Council, At-large
Vote by Democratic State Committee
When at-large Council member Kwame R. Brown was sworn into office as chair of the Council of the District of Columbia in 2011, the District of Columbia Democratic State Committee announced an election by its members to replace Brown as interim at-large member of the Council until a special election could occur. Gurley, Sekou Biddle, former Council member Vincent Orange, and several others filed to run.
Kwame Brown endorsed Biddle for the position, as did Council members Harry Thomas Jr., Mary Cheh, Muriel Bowser, Yvette Alexander, and Marion Barry. District mayor Vincent Gray said he supported Brown's endorsement of Biddle.
After the District of Columbia Democratic State Committee voted to select Sekou Biddle as the interim at-large member of the Council, a special election was announced, to be held on April 26, 2011.
2012 campaign for Council, Ward 4
2012 campaign for Council, Chair
Gurley said that the District did a good job by warning the public about the dangers of Hurricane Sandy. Gurley said that the District should open a Disaster Emergency Management Assistance Office that would distribute power generators and subsidize hotel stays during emergency storms. Gurley said he would ask PEPCO to fund much of the office's cost.
When asked by The Washington Post what Gurley did to receive 28 percent of the vote, Gurley said, "I just campaigned hard. It was just traditional grassroots campaigning. Hand to hand, face to face."
2014 campaign for Council, Chair
Gurley and other candidates were invited to speak at a meeting of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the largest LGBT political organization in the District. Gurley did not address any issues specific to LGBT individuals. Instead, Gurley talked about corruption and waste in the District. The group rated Gurley a zero out of a possible ten points because the group had no knowledge of Gurley's view on issues that were important to LGBT individuals.
The Fraternal Order of Police, Metropolitan Police Department Labor Committee said that Mendelson did not do enough to prevent the number of anti-LGBT hate crimes from nearly doubling between 2009 and 2011. The group asked District residents to "vote no on Phil Mendelson", but it did not actually endorse Gurley.
2014 campaign for Council, At-large
When independent Council Member David Catania decided to run for mayor rather than reelection in 2014, Gurley changed his voter registration to unaffiliated and filed to run for an at-large seat on the Council.
Gurley said the District government should create and maintain its public housing. He said that the mayor should not have full control of the public school system. Gurley said that Congress was responsible for the fact that 70 percent of employees working in the District live outside of the District. If elected, he said he would introduce a bill to create a committee on housing and job development.
The District of Columbia Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance asked each candidate to answer 12 questions about the group's issues. The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance graded Gurley a 2 out of a possible 10 points. Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance described Gurley's responses as "confused rants".
Gurley's campaign reported $2,087 of contributions, including $1,812 from Gurley himself.
Gurley came in twelfth place with one percent of the total vote.
2016 campaign for Council, Ward 4
Gurley said that Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier was "dismantling" of the department's LGBT Liaison Unit by not replacing officers who left the unit to take other assignments. Gurley blamed Todd for not addressing the issue.
Gurley and other candidates completed a questionnaire by the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance. The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance rated Gurley's responses with a score of 3.5 out of 10 points.
2018 campaign for Council, Chair
Gurley is running for Chair of the Council in 2018. Gurley is running against incumbent Phil Mendelson. Ed Lazere, executive director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, is also running for Chair of the Council.
Gurley gave 2,677 signatures to the District of Columbia Board of Elections in when he filed to be on the election ballot. After examining many of the signatures, the Board of Elections determined that 837 of those signatures were invalid because of invalid addresses. This left Gurley with fewer than the required number of valid signatures, and Gurley's name did not appear on primary election ballots.
Gurley served as the executive director of Mothers of Lost Sons in 1988. The group was primarily made of people whose relatives were recently murdered. The group wanted a federally sponsored military academy to be established in the District as an alternative to juvenile detention centers.
1986 primary election
|Democratic||Marion Barry Jr.||52,742||71|
|Democratic||Mattie Goodrum Taylor||14,588||20|
1990 primary election
|Democratic||Nadine P. Winter||5,477||39|
|Democratic||John "Peter Bug" Matthews||953||7|
2004 primary election
|Democratic||Paul R. McKenzie||6,812||42|
|Democratic||George W. Fenderson||3,402||21|
2010 primary election
|Democratic||Vincent C. Gray||72,648||54|
|Democratic||Ernest E. Johnson||317||0|
|Democratic||write-in, including Calvin H. Gurley||248||0|
2012 primary election
|Democratic||Renee L. Bowser||1,523||13|
2012 special election
|Democratic||Calvin H. Gurley||69,342||28|
2014 primary election
|Democratic||Calvin H. Gurley||15,178||18|
2014 general election
|Independent||Michael D. Brown||28,614||8|
|Independent||Courtney R. Snowden||19,551||5|
|D.C. Statehood Green||Eugene Puryear||12,525||4|
|Independent||Graylan Scott Hagler||10,539||3|
|Independent||Eric J. Jones||4,405||1|
2016 primary election
|Democratic||Leon T. Andrews Jr.||6,738||41|
|Democratic||Calvin H. Gurley||509||3|
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