Councilmember Marion Barry might have some real competition in Ward 8. Yavocka Young, an Anacostia resident and longtime local business booster, tells LL she’s gearing up for a Democratic council run against the mayor-for-life. She expects to file her papers before the end of the week.

Asked about the incumbent, Young plays nice. “I think there are many people like me that feel that a change in leadership is necessary in order to move the ward to the next level. In life, you’re effective at certain things for certain times,” she says. “I’m looking at it more as…a baton pass.”

Her priorities? “Quality-of-life issues and economic development” is about as specific as it gets at this point.

Young, 39, wouldn’t name any of her supporters, but did describe her base as “basically young urban professionals,” plus “some longtime Anacostians who know my history in the ward.” Young, 39, has been a homeowner for 15 years and has held positions with the Anacostia Economic Development Corp., the East of the River newspaper, and, currently, the Main Street Anacostia nonprofit. (WCP reporter Amanda S. Miller wrote up her efforts to pretty up Historic Anacostia back in 2006.)

Thus far, the only other official entrant in the Ward 8 race is Congress Heights rabble-rouser and perennial also-ran Sandra “S.S.” Seegars, who couldn’t quite gain five percent against Barry four years ago.

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