The council's effort to rally behind [Mason] comes three weeks before the Nov. 6 general election, and just as [Marion Barry]'s campaign for one of the two at-large seats on the ballot has intensified. It also is the first indication of an active effort by Democrats to try to stop Barry, who abandoned the party this summer in his move to remain in politics.
Thus, many see the race for the second seat as among Mason, Barry, Republican W. Cardell Shelton and four other independents: Ray Browne, Jim Harvey, Clarene Martin and R. Rochelle Burns. A divided vote, several council members said , likely would mean a Barry win.
Other council members who have signed the letter endorsing Mason, according to a source in the Mason campaign, include Democrats: Council Chairman David A. Clarke, John Wilson (Ward 2), Harry Thomas Sr. (Ward 5), and Nadine P. Winter (Ward 6). Clarke said he is also backing [Linda W. Cropp].
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