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Can Wilson Upset Goliath (Barry) in Ward 8?

Even though he is raging a "David vs. Goliath" political battle against veteran council member Marion Barry in Ward 8, 32-year-old Charles Wilson seemed undeterred as he shook hands with potential voters outside of Ketchum Elementary School in Southeast.

"I have walked through this entire Ward three times," said Wilson, referring to his door-to-door campaign. "And people are looking for a new candidate. The reality is that people are looking for someone younger and energetic who will take this Ward to a new level."

Ward 8 challenger Charles Wilson and campaign worker Nikki Peele campaign outside a polling place in Southeast. (Photo By Hamil Harris - TWP)

Nikki Peele, 31, campaign worker for Wilson, said that despite Barry's popularity, she too is ready for a change. "I think that it is time for a change because it is about community not someone's seniority."

While there are a number of candidates in the Ward 8 race, the campaign workers for Barry overwhelmingly outnumber workers for his opponents. For example at Ketchum, while Wilson had two workers on the sidewalks, Barry had about a dozen.

By Hamil R. Harris

By David A Nakamura  |  September 9, 2008; 10:14 AM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Until the economic tide changes in Ward 8, Barry is always guaranteed a seat in District government. Be careful, you may see him on the ballot running for Mayor against Fenty.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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