(AP) The only son of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry is seeking his late father’s seat on the D.C. Council. Marion Christopher Barry, 34, picked up nominating petitions at the D.C. Board of Elections on Monday. Marion Barry died in November at age 78. His son becomes one of 23 candidates trying to make the ballot for an April special election to replace him on the council. The elder Barry represented Ward 8, the poorest section of the city, for the last 10 years of his life, and he remained beloved in the majority-black ward even though his citywide popularity never recovered after his 1990 drug arrest. His son, who goes by Christopher, said in an interview that he’s always had political ambitions even though he hasn’t discussed them publicly. He said his father urged him to run for the seat one day.