|Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
from Ward 8
May 31, 1995 – January 2, 1997
|Preceded by||Marion Barry|
|Succeeded by||Sandy Allen|
|Residence||Douglas Gardens, Washington, D.C.|
Advisory Neighborhood Commission
1995 campaign for Council
Whittington campaigned for Marion Barry when he was running for mayor in 1994. After Barry won the mayoral election, his seat representing Ward 8 on the Council became vacant. Whittington announced her candidacy for the seat on the Council. She was backed by Barry, and her campaign was chaired by Barry's wife, Cora Masters Barry.
Initial results from the special election had Whittington in first place by two votes.
Candidate Sandy Allen sued to have the election voided because she said individuals who were not residents of Ward 8 had voted in the special election. After a recount, Whittington's lead was revised to one vote.
Allen filed another lawsuit to prevent Whittington from taking office, saying that multiple votes for Whittington were cast by individuals who did not live in Ward 8. The court allowed Whittington to be sworn into office, and she took the oath on May 31, 1995. The court later rejected the residence challenge by Allen, saying that Allen had failed to prove that any of the people she named were not actually residents of Ward 8 at the time of the election.
1996 campaign for Council
Whittington ran for reelection in 1996, and her candidacy was endorsed by Mayor Barry. Allen defeated Whittington in the Democratic party primary election, receiving 1,746 votes to Whittington's 1,425.
- Fisher, Marc (November 9, 1994). "The Barry Machine, Scooping Up the Votes". The Washington Post. p. D1.
- Sutner, Shaun (November 19, 1992). "267 ANC Seats Filled in Vote, but 32 Remain Open". The Washington Post. p. DC4.
- Powers, William F. (December 4, 1993). "In Anacostia, Doing The REIT Thing; Realty Trust Is Proposed for Douglas Gardens". The Washington Post. p. E1.
- "Final and Complete Election Results". District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 1994-11-18.
- Woodlee, Yolanda (January 5, 1995). "In Ward 8, Barry's Old Job Quietly Goes Up for Grabs". The Washington Post. p. J1.
- Horwitz, Sari; Schneider, Howard (January 26, 1995). "Barry's Choice in Ward 8". The Washington Post. p. DC1.
- "Whittington Wins in Ward 8 by Two Votes: Allen Wants Recount". The Washington Post. May 13, 1995. p. C1.
|last1=in Authors list (help)
- Fletcher, Michael A. (May 23, 1995). "Candidate Asks Voiding Of Election: Allen Says Illegal Votes, Include Barry Relative". The Washington Post. p. B1.
- Fletcher, Michael A. (May 19, 1995). "Recount Gives Whittington 1-Vote Victory in D.C. Council Race". The Washington Post. p. B3.
- "Whittington Blocked". The Washington Post. May 25, 1995. p. D7.
- Fletcher, Michael A. (May 31, 1995). "Court Lets Whittington Take D.C. Council Oath". The Washington Post. p. 59.
- Fletcher, Michael A. (June 14, 1995). "D.C. Board Spurns Ward 8 Challenge: Council Runner-Up Failed to Prove Residence Allegations, Officials Say". The Washington Past. p. B5.
- Woodlee, Yolanda (August 10, 1995). "Here's a Job That Wasn't Cut". The Washington Post. p. DC1.
- Williams, Vanessa (September 8, 1996). "Brazil's At-Large Candidacy Bolstered by 3 on Council; Support Comes Days After Efforts to Derail Bid". The Washington Post. p. B6.
- Williams, Vanessa (September 12, 1996). "Some Cheer, Others Jeer Brazil's D.C. Primary Win". The Washington Post. p. B1.
- "Final and Complete Election Results". District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. September 20, 1996.
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