Marion Barry (D)

Age: 68

Residence: Hillsdale.

Education: BS, chemistry, LeMoyne-Owen College; MS, chemistry, Fisk University; PhD candidate, University of Tennessee.

Occupation: Consultant, M.R. Beal & Co., investment bankers.

Elected offices/civic activities: Mayor, Washington, D.C., 1979-91 and 1995-99; Ward 8 member, 1993-95, and at-large member, 1975-78, D.C. Council; member, D.C. Board of Education, 1971-74; tutor, second-grade students; volunteer, several outreach programs; member, Union Temple Baptist Church.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"It is impossible to name one pressing problem in Ward 8. Ward 8 has a multitude of pressing problems: education, a poorly run school system, lack of affordable housing, the highest unemployment rate in the city, an inadequate health care system, streets and alleys that are the dirtiest in the city and no one on the present city council fighting hard enough to turn these problems around. I would like Ward 8 to be the best in the city. In terms of things that are bad, we have the highest unemployment rate and the highest cancer rate."

Why should voters elect you?

"Ward 8 needs someone to fight for them. God gave me a gift of vision and courageous leadership. None of the other candidates has this."

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Cardell Shelton (R)

Age: 74

Residence: Congress Heights.

Education: Completed courses at various universities.

Occupation: Building trades instructor, building inspector, construction contractor.

Elected offices/civic activities: Commissioner, ANC 6C07, 1980-92;

member, D.C. Republican Party, American Legion, National Association of Disabled Veterans, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Southeast Business Merchants Association, D.C. Contractors Guild.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Education. A community center and a hands-on, earn-while-you-learn survival training school are needed. Teach our people to love and respect themselves, the community and their lives. Teach them the discipline of life, to respect their job, to have a good work attitude (such as reporting on time and performing). Teach them how to become law-abiding citizens. Also important are the functioning of the D.C. government, health care and rental housing for singles."

Why should voters elect you?

"I understand the needs of my people in Ward 8 and will work to make life better for all the residents of this ward."

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