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Mayor For Life

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), often recognized as "mayor for life," will kick off his re-election campaign June 21 at theTemple of Praise Church in Southeast.

He announced the kickoff and his plans for re-election today with a media release.

According to the release, 72-year-old Barry, who had a bout with prostrate cancer and is still plagued by diabetes and high blood pressure, "received a clean bill of health from his physician before making his decision to seek re-election."

He noted accomplishments, such as 3,000 new affordable housing units, the new Giant grocery store and the soon-to-open IHOP estaurant.

"Four years ago when I took office, Ward 8 was last in everything when it came to city services, healthcare, senior services, housing and job opportunities and we had the highest poverty rate in the city," Barry said in the release. "Now that is changing, Ward 8 is now one of the better places to live in the District."

But there is unrest in Ward 8, where seven challengers - Sandra Seegars, Charles E. Wilson, Yavocka Young, Ahmad Braxton-Jones, Howard Brown, Darrell Gaston and Chanda McMahan - have lined up to unseat Barry in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary. They have all picked up nominating petitions, which are due July 2 to become official candidates, according to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics website.

Cardell Shelton also has picked up petitions to run as a Republican, according to the website.


By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 5, 2008; 3:40 PM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Comments

This will be an interesting race based upon some anger toward Barry now in ward 8.

Posted by: Jonathan Rees | June 5, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

so he has prostrate cancer, eh? mr. barry is so amazing that he's invented a new disease! pretty impressive!

Posted by: IMGoph | June 5, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Since it only requires a plurality of the vote to win the primary, it's essentially impossible to beat an incumbent if there are seven challengers to split up the anti-incumbent vote. Sometimes "challengers" may even be supporters of the incumbent trying to do exactly that.

Not that it matters in this case, since Barry is popular enough to win easily even if the challengers were smart enough to winnow their numbers down to one (whoever is strongest) before September.

Posted by: KCinDC | June 6, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

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