Most Read: Opinions

direct signup

Today’s Opinions poll

Would you use an app that tells you the partisan affiliation of products you're considering buying?

Submit
Next
Review your answers and share
All Opinions Are Local
Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Barry throws hat into the ring


Never one to operate by anyone’s schedule but his own, Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) finally picked up his nominating petitions for the April 3 Democratic primary yesterday afternoon. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the mayor-for-life is running for re-election again.

Despite facing a field of challengers that has grown to seven, Barry, who will turn 76 in March, seems up for the challenge of representing the District’s poorest ward for a third term. In fact, a field that big only seems to help Barry — in 2008, he beat four challengers, while in 2004, he bested six. Next year, he faces two people he beat in 2004 — Sandra Seegars and Jacque Patterson — and one of his former spokespeople, Natalie Williams.

Next year’s election is certainly symbolic for Barry. It will mark 40 years since his first entrance into public service as a member of the District’s school board. For many, that’s many terms too many, and they’d like Barry to go quietly into retirement. (That’s not going to happen, of course.)

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By  |  12:33 PM ET, 11/29/2011

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company