Election Notes District of Columbia: Bye-Bye, Barry

Bye-Bye, Barry

She waved a broom and promised to clean up the bespattered administration of Washington's Mayor Marion Barry, convicted of possessing cocaine. And if housekeeping seemed somewhat foreign to the stiffly formal lawyer and former electric-utility executive, Sharon Pratt Dixon wasted no time carrying out her pledge. On the day after she decisively won the mayoralty of the U.S. capital, she called for the resignation of 177 of her predecessor's top city appointees.

In the heavily Democratic district, Dixon, 46, had no difficulty in trouncing former police chief Maurice Turner, 55, a Barry appointee who turned Republican only last year after being...

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