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Mr. Patterson and his fellow Democratic challengers, Darrell Gaston, Sandra Seegars and Natalie Williams who formerly served on Mr. Barry’s council staff are counting on Mr. Barry to lose steam in what, win or lose, is widely expected to be his final political race.

The stakes are high in the ward, which suffers from one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and is trying to lure tech companies and federal government jobs to the campus around St. Elizabeths Hospital.
Mr. Barry is undaunted, saying his popularity is so great that he can’t even get campaign donations from his constituents.

“They say, ‘You got this; you don’t need any money,’” he said in a recent interview.

Challengers say Mr. Barry’s storied career has reached its denouement, with their own reputations starting to meet or exceed that of the so-called “mayor for life.”

“People know me,” said Mr. Patterson, a former advisory neighborhood commission member who also worked for Mayor Anthony A. Williams. “I have longevity here.”

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