Christopher Barry rides in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade
Christopher Barry rides in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade

Correction2/9, 11:30 a.m.: The D.C. Board of Elections says that the voting record it provided for Barry is inaccurate, and that Barry voted in the 2012 general election. 

Ward 8 candidate Christopher Barry makes a big deal about carrying on father Marion Barry‘s work. Barry’s website asks voters to “help me continue the legacy,” next to a picture of the late Ward 8 councilmember.

But the younger Barry never cast a ballot in one of his father’s many elections—-or in any other District race, for that matter. According to his voting record, Barry has never voted in the District.

The 34-year-old Barry registered to vote in 2006, but according to his record, he never got around to following through on his civic duty. By September 2014, Barry was listed as an inactive voter.

The D.C. Board of Elections only declared him active almost four months later, on Jan. 5, 2015—-the same day he registered to run in the April 28 special election. That puts Barry in the awkward position of asking Ward 8 residents to vote for him, when he’s never bothered to vote in the District himself.

Barry’s 15 rivals for the seat have varying commitments to voting, but they’ve all cast at least one ballot in the District. As for Barry, it’s not clear whether he was voting elsewhere instead. Barry, who’s facing criminal charges, a missing financial report, and a flailing campaign, didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.

Photo by Will Sommer