- The Washington Times - Friday, June 11, 2004

From combined dispatches

Former Mayor Marion S. Barry is scheduled to announce today whether he will run for the D.C. Council.

Sources close to the former mayor and council member told the Associated Press that Mr. Barry, 68, will declare he is running for the Ward 8 seat on the D.C. Council held by Sandy Allen.

Mr. Barry has been toying with the idea for weeks — giving interviews in which he all but announced his candidacy. Miss Allen — a former protege of Mr. Barry’s — also said Mr. Barry had told her of his plans.

Miss Allen — a two-term incumbent — and Mr. Barry will face five other candidates in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

Mr. Barry has until July 7 to collect the signatures of 250 registered Ward 8 voters to be eligible for the primary. Winning that primary all but assures victory in November in the overwhelmingly Democratic ward.

Mr. Barry was treated for prostate cancer in 1995, and suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, but said recently he is in good health.

Mr. Barry was captured smoking crack on an FBI video in January 1990. He was convicted seven months later of misdemeanor drug possession in another incident, and sentenced to six months in prison. After being released in April 1992 he ran for the Ward 8 Council seat and won. That race helped propel him to a fourth term as mayor in 1994.

He has served four terms as mayor and three on the D.C. Council. His last foray in D.C. politics was in 2002, when he ran for an at-large council seat.

Mr. Barry quit the race after U.S. Park Police reported finding traces of marijuana and cocaine in his illegally parked Jaguar. No charges were filed, and Mr. Barry has disputed the account.

Mr. Barry began his political career in 1971 when he was elected to the city school board. He was first elected to the council in 1974 as an at-large member.

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