- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council seat held since 2005 by the late Marion Barry has been declared vacant.

Barry died on Nov. 22 at age 78. In addition to his four terms as District of Columbia mayor, he spent 16 years on the Council. A Democrat, he was last elected in 2012 to represent Ward 8.

The D.C. Board of Elections declared the seat vacant on Monday. A special election will be held on April 28 to fill out the remainder of Barry’s term, which runs through the end of 2016.

Starting in January, when mayor-elect Muriel Bowser takes office, there will be two vacancies on the 13-member council. It’s possible that the board could hold a special election for Bowser’s Ward 4 seat on the same day.

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