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D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander, Ward 7 Democrat, casts her vote at the Randle-Highlands Elementary School precinct in Southeast on Tuesday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Former Ward 8 Democratic Party head Jacque Patterson (right), running for a D.C. Council seat from the ward, and Melvin Chandler (left), a volunteer with Mr. Patterson, leave after Mr. Patterson casts his vote at Precinct 116 at the New Image Baptist Church on Alabama Avenue Southeast in Washington on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former Ward 8 Democratic Party head Jacque Patterson, running for D.C. Council, casts his vote at Precinct 116 at the New Image Baptist Church on Alabama Avenue Southeast in Washington on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former Ward 8 Democratic Party head Jacque Patterson, running for a D.C. Council seat from the ward, gives Jasmine Westbrook (center), a Howard University sophomore volunteering with Mr. Patterson, a shirt to wear outside Precinct 116 at the New Image Baptist Church on Alabama Avenue Southeast in Washington on election day, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A poster of incumbent D.C. Council member Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, can be seen behind volunteers for his opponent, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Sandra Seegers, outside Precinct 116 at the New Image Baptist Church on Alabama Avenue Southeast in Washington on primary election day, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D. C. Council member Yvette Alexander (left), Ward 7 Democrat, and challenger Tom Brown (right) chat with supporters and passing voters at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Washington as the nation's capital holds its primary election on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander, Ward 7 Democrat, casts her ballot at the Randle Highlands Elementary School in Washington as the nation's capital holds its primary election on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander arrives to vote at her Ward 7 precinct at Randle Highlands Elementary School in Washington as the nation's capital holds its primary election on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Pollworker Tim Sudbury sets up voting booths Monday in the gymnasium of Lamond Recreation Center in Northwest Washington for Tuesday's D.C. Council primaries. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier hugs D.C. Council member Jim Graham of Ward 1 at the end of a press conference Monday to announce an arrest in the March 11 shooting at the International House of Pancakes in Mr. Graham's ward. The case is being investigated as a possible anti-gay hate crime. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (left) exits as Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier hugs D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, after a March 26, 2012, press conference at the John A. Wilson Building in D.C., to announce an arrest in a March 11 anti-LGBT shooting at a IHOP restaurant in the city's Columbia Heights neighborhood. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member David A. Catania (The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** D.C. Council members Vincent B. Orange and Yvette M. Alexander. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jim Graham (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council members Yvette M. Alexander (center), of Ward 7, and Phil Mendelson, at large, both voted against the nomination of Betty Noel to the D.C. Public Service Commission. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council members Mary M. Cheh and Tommy Wells have proposed a bill to ban corporate donations to city candidates and officials. It is a response to a "pay-to-play" culture that can influence policy decisions. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander hopes to relocate the only eligible medical-marijuana cultivation center to a site in her ward east of the Anacostia River. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Special to The Washington Times)

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The D.C. Council is looking to smooth the process for registering a gun in the District. What's up with that? "I'm from the Deep South where everyone in the family has a gun. People should have that right; guns don't kill people, people do." Floyd Martin, 74, Northwest, retired

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