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Rain Pryor, Daughter of Famed Comedian, Kicking Off City Council Bid

Rain Pryor, an actress and writer who is the daughter of the late comedian Richard Pryor, will formally kick off her campaign for a Baltimore City Council seat on Saturday.

Pryor, 50, filed to challenge first-term Councilman Ryan M. Dorsey in the 3rd District Democratic primary a month ago.

The campaign event, “a family festival with music, food, face painting, moon bounces, arts and crafts for the kids and lots of fellowship,” is taking place Saturday afternoon at Faith Community United Methodist Church on Harford Road.

After a career in TV, film and theater – which included a role in the hit ABC series “Head of the Class,” Pryor moved to Baltimore more than a decade ago and, among other things, became artistic director of the Strand Theater. The author of a memoir, “Jokes My Father Never Told Me,” she has an 11-year-old daughter, Lotus.

Pryor told The Baltimore Sun last month that she was seeking the Northeast Baltimore Council seat because she did not believe Dorsey was responsive enough to his constituents or doing enough to fight crime in the neighborhood.

Nichelle J. Henson, a family life coach, is also running the April 2020 Democratic primary.

Dorsey reported $68,000 in his campaign account as of mid-January.

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