The Race to the Wilson Building Begins

10/30/2012, 6:29 p.m.

"He has passion and has shown he's willing to reinvent himself in order to work on behalf of the people's benefit," said Ward 7 activist Geraldine Washington, 50, adding there's a quiet majority of Ward 7 residents who're solidly in support of Moten.

"I've seen Ron's interaction, his care and his concern. I'll take a person with a sincere heart over someone who's highly educated but who doesn't care."

Ralph Chittams, another Ward 7 resident, agreed, saying he's supporting Moten because he's the better candidate.

"Ron is more knowledgeable about what's going on in the community," said Chittams, 52, "cares more about what's going on, and has a proven record of addressing what's going on in my community."

Others disagree.

"I'll never support a Republican who's from Ward 8 who's here for a minute and now thinks he's the Ward 7 savior," said Brocks.

More on the candidates can be found at http://www.ronmoten.com/. There's a website, www.yvettealexander2012.com, that's not operational.

Ward 8 Race

Council member Marion Barry [D] versus Jauhar Abraham [I]

Council member and "Mayor for Life," Marion Barry Jr., a Democrat, is seeking a third term as the Ward 8 representative against the other co-founder of Peaceoholics, Jauhar Abraham, an independent. Neither candidate was endorsed by D.C.'s major newspapers because of the long-term social and economic problems in Ward 8 with little to no improvement. The same lack of confidence was reflected by resident, Christopher Jerry, from the Fairlawn neighborhood.

"I don't think either can serve Ward 8 to its fullest," said Jerry, 55. "Mr. Barry has too much negative baggage and going forward seemingly fewer allies on the council, including a weakened Mayor [Vincent] Gray. As for Mr. Abraham he would even have far less impact than Mr. Barry."

Barry, 76, who dedicated 40 years of his life to public service, lives by the motto, "always fighting for the people." He began his service to the District in 1971 when he was elected to the city's first school board. Then, he won a seat on the D.C. Council in 1974; and in 1978, became the District's second mayor, serving three terms until 1990. In 1992, Barry returned to politics by winning a seat on the council and made history in 1994 by winning a landslide victory that returned him to the city as mayor.

Under Barry's leadership, he said "there has been tremendous progress in providing job opportunities, affordable housing and homeownership opportunities for the residents of Ward 8.

However, Barry's opponent said his vision for Ward 8 is that it "deserves better."

"It's unacceptable for us to have the least of everything and it starts with the leadership of the ward, starting with the council member," said Jauhar Abraham, 44, a third generation Washingtonian, who served five years in the United States Army 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, N.C.

"We love Marion Barry but for the last eight years, we've seen an increase in school dropout rates, teen pregnancies, the increase of violent crimes and fewer jobs," Abraham explained. He said he served Ward 8 for more than 20 years by developing programs, mentoring and assisting with legislation that benefits the residents. "I have dedicated myself to improving the quality of life of the citizens of Ward 8. To date, I have [helped] 170 youth [attend] college from our community. I have an array of experience in managing people, growing businesses and my greatest asset is my ability to solve problems."