Washington, D.C. mayoral election, 1994

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Washington, D.C.
mayoral election, 1994

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  Marion Barry, 1996 in Washington, D.C (cropped).jpg Carolschwartz.jpg
Nominee Marion Barry Carol Schwartz
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 102,884 76,902
Percentage 56.0% 41.9%

Mayor before election

Sharon Pratt Kelly

Elected Mayor

Marion Barry

The 1994 election for Washington, D.C. mayor featured the return of Marion Barry, who served as mayor from 1979 until 1991. It occurred on November 8, 1994.

Barry served six months in prison on a cocaine conviction. After his release from prison, Barry ran successfully for the Ward 8 city council seat in 1992, running under the slogan "He May Not Be Perfect, But He's Perfect for D.C." Upon this victory, Barry said he was "not interested in being mayor" again.[1]


Democratic primary

Sharon Pratt Kelly succeeded Barry as mayor. In the second year of her term, Barry loyalists mounted a recall campaign, which, although unsuccessful, weakened her administration.

Councilman John Ray received the endorsement of the Washington Post and was favored to win the primary.[2] However, Barry ran a grassroots campaign, touting his record balancing the budget in 10 of his 12 years as mayor.[2]

General election

A major issue in the campaign was how to cut $140 million from the city budget, as mandated by Congress. Though Barry was seen by some as responsible for the bureaucracy[3] and Schwartz criticized Barry's proposals as old and ineffective,[4] Barry tied his personal redemption to the redemption of the city.


Democratic primary

1994 Washington, D.C. mayoral election, Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marion Barry Jr. 66,777 47.18
Democratic John Ray 52,088 36.80
Democratic Sharon Pratt Kelly 18,717 13.22
Democratic Otis Holloman Troupe 1,897 1.34
Democratic Write-in 829 0.59
Democratic Don Reeves 598 0.42
Democratic Osie Thorpe 456 0.32

Republican primary

1994 Washington, D.C. mayoral election, Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Carol Schwartz 3,764 74.85
Republican Brian P. Moore 641 12.75
Republican Write-in 624 12.41

General election

1994 Washington, D.C. mayoral election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marion Barry, Jr. 102,884 56.02
Republican Carol Schwartz 76,902 41.87
Independent Write-in 982 0.54
Independent Curtis Pree 852 0.46
D.C. Statehood Green Jodean M. Marks 695 0.38
Independent Jesse Battle, Jr. 488 0.27
Independent Faith Dane 423 0.23

See also

External links

  • https://www.nytimes.com/1994/11/09/us/1994-elections-nation-capital-barry-rebounds-disgrace-win-again-washington.html?n=Top%2FReference%2FTimes+Topics%2FPeople%2FB%2FBarry%2C+Marion+S.+Jr.


  1. ^ "Former Mayor's Victory Worries Many in Capital". The New York Times. 1992-09-17. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Marion Barry makes comeback, wins D.C. Democratic mayoral primary". Jet. 1994. 
  3. ^ http://www.businessweek.com/archives/1994/b339254.arc.htm
  4. ^ Janofsky, Michael (1994-11-09). "THE 1994 ELECTIONS: THE NATION THE CAPITAL; Barry Rebounds From Disgrace to Win Again in Washington". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
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