Marion S. Barry, a 46-year-old Democrat, is completing his first term as mayor. A former president of the D.C. Board of Education, he was elected to an at-large seat on the City Council in 1974 and reelected in 1976. Barry's political involvement began in the 1960s when he worked in voter registration and the civil rights movement. He helped organize the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, serving as its first national chairman and later as director of its Washington office. In 1967 he co-founded Pride Inc., which provided job training for unemployed youth. He lives at 3607 Suitland Rd. SE.

Patricia Roberts Harris, 58, a Democrat, has headed two federal departments: Health and Human Services (HHS) and Housing and Urban Develpment (HUD). A lawyer, she served as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg and as dean of Howard University Law School. She has been a board member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Federation of State, City and Municipal Employees, and has served on national advisory commissions on crime and violence. She has been active in the fight for home rule for D.C. since the 1950s. Harris lives at 1742 Holly St. NW.

Charlene Drew Jarvis has represented Ward 4 on the City Council since 1979. The 41-year-old Democrat is a former research scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She has served on review committees of NIMH and the National Science Foundation and has been on the faculties of Howard University and Montgomery College. Jarvis chairs the D.C. Council's Committee on Housing and Economic Development. She is vice president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and is a board member of the National League of Cities and the D.C. Red Cross chapter. She lives at 1789 Sycamore St. NW.

John Ray, a 39-year-old attorney, has been elected twice as an at-large member of the City Council. He is a graduate of George Washington University Law Center. While in school, Ray was a clerk for former Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas. Ray later served as counsel to a Senate Antitrust and Monopolies subcommittee and worked in the Justice department. A Democrat, Ray is a board member of the Stoddard Baptist Home for senior citizens. His volunteer service includes tutoring in the Shaw area, organizing tenants in Far Southeast and providing legal advice to Lorton inmates. His home is at 5142 7th St. NE. graphics 1/photo: Marion S. Barry graphics 2/photo: Charlene Drew Jarvis graphics 3/photo: Patricia Roberts Harris graphics 4/photo: John Ray