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Two years ago, Sandra Seegars won the undying devotion of city cab drivers by organizing a recall drive against then-Mayor Marion Barry. Furious over mayoral efforts to make them supply air conditioning, comply with a dress code, and modernize their fleets, the cabbies collected almost enough signatures to put the recall on the ballot. They might not be so thrilled with Seegars in her new job: as a member of the D.C. Taxicab Commission, the historically hapless body that regulates city hacks. Seegars was largely responsible for ousting former commission Director Karen Herbert after discovering that Herbert was not a District resident, that she was illegally voting in Ward 8, and that she illegally held driver’s licenses in both D.C. and Maryland. Now Seegars plans to turn those same sleuthing skills on cabbies—although she says her first priority is to get more cabs across the Anacostia. For the record, no cabbies testified against her at a Sept. 17 confirmation hearing. “Everyone was too scared,” says Seegars. The D.C. Council votes on her appointment Oct. 5.