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Barry to run for another term on D.C. Council

Tuesday - 11/29/2011, 5:41pm  ET

WASHINGTON - D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry has filed to run for a third consecutive term representing the poorest of the District's wards.

Barry, a 75-year-old Democrat who served four terms as mayor, filed his declaration of candidacy Tuesday. He says his top priorities are job training, placement and development.

Barry has represented Ward 8 since 2005, when he returned to the Council after six years away from politics.

He faces several challengers in the April Democratic primary. But Barry is beloved by many Ward 8 residents, and political observers say the council seat likely will be his as long as he wants it.

In 1990, during his third term as mayor, Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine in an FBI sting operation. He served six months in federal prison.


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