The nation's capital, after 12 years of unresponsive bureaucracy that was the Barry machine, now faces the prospect of new leadership.
Sharon Pratt Dixon, the feisty lawyer-turned politician whose campaign tapped into a citywide mandate for a fresh start, bagged the mayoral race in a historic landslide. Voters sent Eleanor Homes Norton to Congress, apparently choosing to overlook her troublesome family tax problems. There's a new, independent look to the D.C. Council thanks in part to Mayor Marion Barry's crushing defeat in his bid for one of two at-large council seats. They went to Democrat Linda W. Cropp, a school board member, and incumbent Statehood Party candidate Hilda H.M. Mason.
This new cast of characters offers promise for meaningful change in a city plagued by crime, budget woes and a doubtful Congress. The voters have made good and thoughtful choices.