Alderman Announces Candidacy For Mayor

Degraff Has Served On Council Since 1985

April 20, 1997

Alderman M. Theresa DeGraff officially announced her candidacy for mayor of Annapolis yesterday morning at Georgetown East Elementary School in the midst of Greenscape events held to clean up and beautify communities in the city.

The Ward 7 Republican, who has served on the city council since 1985, is the first candidate to break clear of a crowded field of undeclared mayoral hopefuls and make a formal announcement.

"Essential to any city's stature is the leadership, wisdom and integrity of its government," DeGraff said.

"That's why I'm going to lead a competent, courteous city government that serves the people and gets the job done," she said.

DeGraff, who grew up in Anne Arundel County, attended St. Jane Francis School and Northeast High School before joining the Army in 1976.

While serving a four-year tour as a German translator and battalion training sergeant, she earned an associate degree in law enforcement from the University of Maryland European Division in Augsburg, Germany.

An Annapolis resident since 1980, DeGraff holds a bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of Maryland University College.

Since 1991, DeGraff has worked for county government in various criminal justice divisions.

For the past two years, she served a temporary assignment running the Alternative Sentencing Project for the Office of the Public Defender, a program designed to place prison inmates into long-term drug treatment programs.

DeGraff has been a member of the city Housing and Human Welfare and Rules committees.

She is chairwoman of the city's Public Safety Committee.

Pub Date: 4/20/97

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