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Last week, Sandra “S.S.” Seegars, the Congress Heights advisory neighborhood commissioner and all-around rabble-rouser, filed her papers for the Ward 8 D.C. Council race. That makes her the first to officially challenge the re-election of Marion S. Barry Jr.
Barry probably isn’t sweating too much; Seegars is a perennial also-ran. It’s her second shot at the mayor-for-life—-four years ago, she garnered a bit less than 5 percent of the Democratic primary vote to Barry’s 57 percent. In 2000, she did somewhat better against Sandy Allen, gaining nearly 20 percent of the primary vote.
Her theme this time: “A Change Is Going to Come: Be Part of the Change.” Seegars reports that’s she’s already printed up and distributed some 5,000 cards across the ward. About 25 people, she says, have thus far volunteered for her campaign.
Tonight’s her official kickoff, with a dinner at the DuPont Adventist Senior Center at 896 Southern Ave. SE from 5 to 7 p.m.
Earlier this year, another ANC member, Ahmad Braxton-Jones, announced an exploratory bid, but has yet to take the next step.
To review the other races so far: In Ward 2, it’s incumbent Jack Evans versus Cary Silverman (and possibly Rob Halligan); in Ward 4, incumbent Muriel Bowser is still unopposed, as is Yvette Alexander in Ward 7. The Democratic at-large race features only Kwame Brown to date, while the non-Dem race pits incumbent Carol Schwartz against Adam Clampitt (and possibly Dee Hunter).