Ward 8 Residents Split on Barry Re-election Bid

August 25, 2011  |  

(Washington Informer) — Les Johnson of Historic Anacostia in Ward 8 is not sure that D.C. Council member Marion Barry should serve another term in the District’s legislature.
”When people ask me whether I support Mr. Barry for another term, I honestly do not know how to answer that question fairly,” Johnson, 43, said. “As a council member, he can only do so much because he is operating in the winds of the economy. He is dealing with issues that anybody in public office is dealing with.”
Johnson feels that the ward needs to move forward and would look at Barry re-election to office in 2012 as “a step backward.”  Pho Palmer of Congress Heights respectfully disagrees.  “I think Barry deserves to be re-elected because he is doing a really good job and there is a lot of need in the community,” Palmer, 44, said. “Being a D.C. council member is a hard job and I would anyone who is challenging Barry, could you do a better job?”
The differences of opinion on Barry by Johnson and Palmer is an example of an ongoing debate among the resident of Ward 8, the city’s most economically-challenged jurisdiction that is located exclusively east of the Anacostia River. On Tue., April 3, voters in Ward 8 will decide in the Democratic Party primary for D.C. Council member who will represent them until 2017.

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