Actress Rain Pryor Vane has thrown her hat in the ring for a Baltimore’s City Council seat.
The actress, author and singer and daughter of late comedy legend Richard Pryor formally filed to run as a Democrat on Tuesday, her 50th birthday. She posted the news on her Facebook page.
Pryor is seeking to unseat first-term Councilman Ryan Dorsey from his district in the northeast part of the city. She accused Dorsey of not paying enough attention to his constituents and their concerns about crime.
Elected in 2016 to a four-year term, Dorsey is a chair of the city’s new transportation committee and recently sponsored bills aimed at increasing accountability among public officials.
On Thursday, Dorsey said he welcomed “anybody else who may join the field, and look forward to campaigning on my record of legislative accomplishments and service to the constituents and communities I represent,” according to The Baltimore Sun.
The Democratic primary is April 28.
The former “Head of the Class” actress relocated to Baltimore from Los Angeles in 2006 and has been active in the city’s thriving arts community. The “Fried Chicken and Latkes” playwright was appointed managing director of the 55-seat Strand Theater in the Station North District in 2012.
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