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Scene East of the River

Staff writer Hamil H. Harris was out in Wards 7 and 8 and filed this report:

Campaign workers were out in force on for incumbent Marion Barry in Ward 8 along Alabama Avenue. Barry and several carloads of his campaign workers were passing out literature at the precincts.

Even though she's 88 years old, Gladys M. Raper was at the 7th District police headquarters early. She walked there, arriving around 8 a.m., cast her ballot in the competitive race for the Ward 8 Council seat.

"Every vote counts," she said. 'It is important that you exercise your right to vote, because too many of our people have died trying to vote."

She said while she supports Barry's re-election bid, she wants young people to come to the polls.

In Ward 7, incumbent Yvette Alexander cast her ballot at the Randall Highlands Elementay School on Pennsylvania Avenue.

"I want to get re-elected because I cannot realize all of the progress and all the things I want to do unless I have a full four-year term," said Alexander.

Ward 7 challenger Robin Hammond Marlin campaigns on election day. (Photo By Hamil Harris - TWP)

Robin Marlin, who's running in Ward 7, was campaigning outside a preinct in a senior citizens center. She said she decided to get into the race and challenge Alexander because not enough is being done for citizens east of the river.

"We are just not being represented over here," Marlin said. "We have had two council members in three and a half years. And as a voter, I just feel that we have been forgotten."

Turnout was very light. At the senior center on Alabama Avenue, campaign workers far outnumbered voters. Between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., just four voters arrived.

Howard Gasaway, 76, a campaign worker for Alexander, said the precinct is the largest in Ward 7. "Usually at this precinct, most of the voters come to the polls early in the morning," he said.

By David A Nakamura  |  September 9, 2008; 9:29 AM ET
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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I did not know there was an election until yesterday. I do not know what kind of message that gives about the political climate. Low voter turnout can not be a good thing.

Posted by: kelvin elmore | September 9, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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