Eydie Whittington

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Eydie Whittington
Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
from Ward 8
In office
May 31, 1995 – January 2, 1997
Preceded by Marion Barry
Succeeded by Sandy Allen
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Douglas Gardens, Washington, D.C.

Eydie D. Whittington is a Democratic politician in Washington, D.C.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission[edit]

While working as a legal secretary,[1] Whittington represented the neighborhood of Douglas Gardens on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission.[2][3]

1995 campaign for Council[edit]

Whittington campaigned for Marion Barry when he was running for mayor in 1994.[1] After Barry won the mayoral election,[4] his seat representing Ward 8 on the Council became vacant.[5] 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.[6]

Initial results from the special election had Whittington in first place by two votes.[7]

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.[8] After a recount, Whittington's lead was revised to one vote.[9]

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.[10] The court allowed Whittington to be sworn into office, and she took the oath on May 31, 1995.[11] 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.[12]

Allen filed another lawsuit to overturn the election's results because of alleged voting irregularities.[13] The court allowed the election to stand.[13]

1996 campaign for Council[edit]

Whittington ran for reelection in 1996, and her candidacy was endorsed by Mayor Barry.[14] Allen defeated Whittington in the Democratic party primary election,[15] receiving 1,746 votes to Whittington's 1,425.[16]


  1. ^ a b Fisher, Marc (November 9, 1994). "The Barry Machine, Scooping Up the Votes". The Washington Post. p. D1. 
  2. ^ Sutner, Shaun (November 19, 1992). "267 ANC Seats Filled in Vote, but 32 Remain Open". The Washington Post. p. DC4. 
  3. ^ Powers, William F. (December 4, 1993). "In Anacostia, Doing The REIT Thing; Realty Trust Is Proposed for Douglas Gardens". The Washington Post. p. E1. 
  4. ^ "Final and Complete Election Results". District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 1994-11-18. 
  5. ^ Woodlee, Yolanda (January 5, 1995). "In Ward 8, Barry's Old Job Quietly Goes Up for Grabs". The Washington Post. p. J1. 
  6. ^ Horwitz, Sari; Schneider, Howard (January 26, 1995). "Barry's Choice in Ward 8". The Washington Post. p. DC1. 
  7. ^ "Whittington Wins in Ward 8 by Two Votes: Allen Wants Recount". The Washington Post. May 13, 1995. p. C1.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ Fletcher, Michael A. (May 23, 1995). "Candidate Asks Voiding Of Election: Allen Says Illegal Votes, Include Barry Relative". The Washington Post. p. B1. 
  9. ^ Fletcher, Michael A. (May 19, 1995). "Recount Gives Whittington 1-Vote Victory in D.C. Council Race". The Washington Post. p. B3. 
  10. ^ "Whittington Blocked". The Washington Post. May 25, 1995. p. D7. 
  11. ^ Fletcher, Michael A. (May 31, 1995). "Court Lets Whittington Take D.C. Council Oath". The Washington Post. p. 59. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ a b Woodlee, Yolanda (August 10, 1995). "Here's a Job That Wasn't Cut". The Washington Post. p. DC1. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Williams, Vanessa (September 12, 1996). "Some Cheer, Others Jeer Brazil's D.C. Primary Win". The Washington Post. p. B1. 
  16. ^ "Final and Complete Election Results". District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. September 20, 1996. 
Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Marion Barry
Ward 8 Member, Council of the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Sandy Allen