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.
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