Vowing to run an “enthusiastic, get-it-done campaign,” Marion Barry formally filed Wednesday afternoon to run for his third consecutive term as a Ward 8 council member.
Shortly after 2 p.m., Barry said he delivered more than 1,600 signatures to the Board of Elections and Ethics to qualify for the ballot. Barry, a Democrat who will turn 76 a month before April 4, said he’s seeking reelection to continue his “ministry of helping people.”
“Nobody who is running can match my vision, my experience and know-how,” said Barry, a former four-term mayor. “I am going to continue bringing resources to Ward 8.”
Four years ago, Barry easily won reelection against a young challenger in the Democratic primary.
Since that race, Barry has continued to struggle to pay his federal taxes and was censured by his council colleagues for abusing his office. And some Ward 8 residents have raised questions about Barry’s effectiveness.
This year, three Democrats have lined up to challenge him, including Jacque Patterson, former chair of the Ward 8 Democrats, and former Barry adviser Natalie Williams. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Darrell Gaston is also a candidate.
Barry said he’s confident that he can prevail, adding that his campaign will be known as one that can “think big and do big things.”