Can Tony Williams Save D.C.?

The top candidate to replace Marion Barry may be his total opposite

Anthony Williams steps from the chilly comfort of his campaign sedan into a humid Washington night. He has come to a rundown D.C. recreation center in what used to be Marion Barry country for a mayoral-candidate forum. Barry won't be here; after his genuinely baroque political career, the man who immortalized the words "Bitch set me up" has finally stepped aside. In his place stands Williams, who--if polls are right--will win the Sept. 15 Democratic primary (more important than the general election in this one-party town) and become mayor.

While most of the residents are dressed summer casual, their bare legs...

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