WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) – The only son of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry is seeking his late father’s seat on the D.C. Council.
Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Barry picked up nominating petitions at the D.C. Board of Elections on Monday.
Marion Barry died in November at age 78. His son becomes one of 23 candidates running in a special election to replace him on the council. Barry represented Ward 8, the poorest section of the city.
Christopher Barry said that he’s always had political ambitions even though he hasn’t discussed them publicly. He says he has “the passion and the experience” to serve the ward.