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What’s In Store For Ward 5

If, as expected, Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. resigns as part of a plea deal in the near future, Ward 5 residents will need someone new to represent them.

DCist and Mike DeBonis have already both noted that a special election would most likely be held on May 8 or 15 if Thomas steps down shortly. (Yes, that's just over a month after the April 3 primary.)

LL noted many moons ago that it's likely to be a crowded field to replace Thomas. Some potential candidates include: Ward 5 school board member Mark JonesFrank Wilds, Kenyan McDuffie, Delano Hunter, and Tim Day, all former D.C. Council candidates. Day, the former Republican challenger to Thomas, launched the investigative work into Team Thomas that got the ball rolling on this whole affair.

No one is going to be announcing anything until Thomas resigns, but rest assured Ward 5 residents, that if and when Thomas goes you'll be seeing a flurry of electioneering in your neighborhood.

"I'm primed to announce my candidacy," McDuffie tells LL.

Meanwhile, At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange, who used to represent Ward 5, says he's planning a meeting of the "Ward 5 leadership," which will likely include ANC members and D.C. Democratic Statehood Committee members, to discuss the best way of replacing Thomas. Details of what might be discussed at the meeting were still sketchy ("It's real raw right now"), but Orange indicated that the group may want to conduct a poll to try and clarify who the "first tier" candidates are.

As for the residents of Ward 5, Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown has "pledged" that they "will continue to have their concerns represented." What the specfics of that pledge look like, however, aren't clear at the moment. When LL asked Brown's office what would happen to Thomas' staff and who would be taking responsibility of constituent services calls should Thomas resign, Brown's spokeswoman said she had no comment.

It's worth noting that Thomas' staff is a shell of what it once was. He lost a couple staffers this summer, when he was forced to give up his chairmanship of the economic development committee. Two of those former staffers, Victoria Leonard and Neil Rodgers, played a role in raising money and obtaining grant money for Team Thomas, records obtained through a FOIA request show. They both went to work for Brown, though Leonard resigned from the council last week. Rodgers is being represented by A. Scott Bolden, who says he doesn't believe his client is being targeted of federal prosecutors.

Thomas' chief of staff, Ayawna Chase, also resigned in recent weeks citing health problems. Two sources have told LL that she's hired a lawyer to deal with the federal investigation, with one source identifying the lawyer as Warner Session, who has not returned phone calls seeking comment dating back to last week. Session's name last appeared in the papers after the Post editorial board started asking questions about a grass-cutting contract. The local firmed that Thomas preferred get city business was represented by Session.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Political Observer

    Incestuous politics at its worst. There's a brighter horizon coming though.

  • NE John

    Vote Tim Day to clear our pallet of the crooks of the DC Democratic Party.

  • jimminy cricket

    No one should vote for a Republican to get rid of corruption, the current House leadership is proof of that. Vote DC Statehood Green and ditch the corporate parties altogether!

  • noodlez

    FUCK TIM DAY AND HIS COCKSUCKING ASS!
    TWO HOMOSEXUALS ON THE COUNCIL IS ALREADY TWO TOO MANY!!!

    THERE SHOULD BE SOMEONE ON THE COUNCIL WHO IS REPRESENTATIVE OF WARD 5 AND THIS CITY. SOMEONE NEW AND FRESH THAT DONT HAVE A HIDDEN AGENDA, THAT IS ORIGINALLY FROM HERE AND WILL NOT BECOME BIGGER THAN THE SEAT THEY OCCUPY!

  • Barrie Daneker

    Noodelz get a clue! Awful comment posted here! Maybe someone should look into your personal life and make public nasty comments that are appropriate, disrespectful and rude!

  • councilworker

    tim day is an fool with no clue on how to run his own house let alone a ward

  • Glenn

    Hum, is there a way to flag a post? Noodlez@11:12 pm, consider yourself referred to.

  • noodlez

    @Barrie Daneker-GET A CLUE ABOUT WHAT????
    I MEAN WHAT I SAY AND I SAY WHAT I MEAN.

    TIM DAY IS SOME SHIT AND HIM KNOWING HE IS GOING TO LOSE THE WARD 5 RACE THEN DROP A DIME WITH INFO HE GOT FROM A LIL' BIRDIE SHOWS THAT HIS HOMOSEXUALITY HAS AN INFLUENCE ON HIS THOUGHT PROCESS. ONE FLAMIN THANG (GAYTANIA) ON THE COUNCIL WITH THAT TYPE ATTITUDE IS ONE TOO MANY.

    YO Barrie Daneker:
    WHEN MY LIFE IS OVER
    AND THE REAPER WANDERS PASS
    I AM TO BE BURIED UPSIDE DOWN
    SO MY CRITICS CAN KISS MY ASS

  • Progentrification

    Anyone who comes from the District Democratic Party should be suspect. They must prove they are not corrupt like Thomas, Brown, Gray, you name them.

    This town is an incestuous backwater when it comes to politics. One party rule is the root cause of our problems. We need to elect more true independents and DC "Republicans" (give me a break, any DC Republican is a pariah in the national GOP). I will never vote for a Democrat who is hand-picked by the likes of Orange, One City for the Right People Gray, and Fully-loaded Brown.

  • sheed

    Noodlez, that was one of the more hate filled posts I've seen. You're clearly scared of gay men. Now that being said, I would not vote for him strictly b/c he identifies himself as a republican.

    Ideally the person who wins is someone new who is not part of the establishment and has no ties to school board, ANC, or (god forbid) the DC Dem Party. While I think it's great to have a "Native Son" run and win, I think that outsiders with new ideas are what are going to rid us of the inherent corruption we seem to keep putting in office all around DC

  • El Barrio del General

    I'm hoping Kenyon McDuffie gets the nod. He's a solid young man with integrity and honesty. I've known the McDuffie's for several years. They've been in DC forever and have a dedication to public service. For example, Kenyon's brother Damion does a lot of work with ex-offenders and was previously on the constituent services staff of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

    Kenyon's relative youth, passion for Ward 5 and its people are good starts, and he's the sort of guy who'd be humble enough to represent the ward without it getting to his ego. I don't live in ward 5, but will donate to his campaign if he runs.

    I'd also heard Drew Hubbard's name mentioned. He too is young, a hard worker and is dedicated to DC. He knows the Wilson Building and has done a solid job of running the Workforce Committee. He bought a house in Ward 5 not long ago, so we know he's here for the long haul. He's served under at least three councilmembers, always in a strictly legislative capacity, so he'd be able to get legislation passed and get things done. They respect him in the Wilson building. Kenyon's my #1, but if Drew were to run I'd support his candidacy as well.

  • drez

    noodlez
    You're often insightful. More importantly, you're funny as hell. But come on, man. Enough of the hate speech.
    It undercuts your good points with a lot of people who could otherwise benefit from your perspective.

  • Mr. Remember

    Glenn, you too felt the coldness in the response from Noodlez. If he could only tell us how he really feels.

  • noodlez

    FUCK YOU DREZ. YOU A HALF DEAD MUTHAFUCKA ANYWAYS! I DON'T FUCK WITH GAY PEOPLE SO TIME DAY AND YOUR DAD CAN GO TO HELL FOR ALL I CARE. YOU CAN JOIN THEM TOO. HAHAH!

    INSTEAD OF A QUOTE LET ME END IT WITH A LIL JOKE, SINCE YOU THINK IM SO DAMN FUNNY:

    "WHAT DOES A MAN WITH A TWO INCH PENIS EAT FOR BREAKFAST? YOU GIVE UP? BABYFOOD AND THERAPY!HAHAHAH"

  • noodlez

    MR. REMEMBER YOU SHOULD REMEMBER THAT I RUN THIS DAMN SITE, NOT YOU!!!

    ME SUCKING DICK DON'T MAKE ME GAY! WEARING A THONG DON'T MAKE ME GAY EITHER NIGGA, DON'T FORGET THAT SHIT. WARD 5 HAS THE MOST WHITES THAN ANY OTHER WARD (LOOK THE SHIT UP). ILL TAKE A BIG BLACK DICK OVER A TINY NOODLE COCK ANY DAY BRAH! YOU GAY TOO!

  • Ward 5 Resident

    If Vincent Orange runs for the Ward 5 City Council seat you want a be councilmembers can forget it because Vincent Orange will win by a landslide. Instead of people putting so much faith in politicians they better put there faith in God who will never fail them or let them down. Harry he made some mistakes and I hope he has made his peace with God. May God give his family the peace, strength and comfort for the days that lie ahead. To his wonderful mom please be strong and know that you did the best you could to raise a good man as a son. For the city I pray for healing and that we move forward in Jesus name. AMEN

  • noodlez

    @Drez and Sheed-NOT HATE. THE TRUTH! I DONT HATE HOMOSEXUALS. I JUST DON’T GIVE A DAMN OR CARE ABOUT THEIR WAY OF LIFE. IF YOU ARE HOMOSEXUAL AND YOU RUN FOR AN OFFICE AND PUT FORTH A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN AND I DONT KNOW YOU ARE A HOMOSEXUAL THEN THAT BENEFITS EVERYONE.

    IF YOU RUN A CAMPAIGN AND THE FIRST THING YOU PROFESS IS THAT YOU LOVE FOLK OF THE SAME SEX THEN THAT MEANS YOU HAVE A HIDDEN AGENDA. YOU WANT THOSE FOLKS WHO IDENTIFY WITH YOU TO VOTE FOR YOU OR DO THINGS SOLELY BASED ON THAT FACT. GAYTANIA IS A PEFECT EXAMPLE OF THAT.

    DON’T MISCONSTRUE MY WORDS OR GET ME ALL FUCKED UP BECAUSE IM TOO STRIDENT. SO IM SUPPOSED TO WALK DELICATELY AROUND AN ISSUE BECAUSE THOSE FOLKS THINK THEY ARE SPECIAL. CHILD PLEEZE!!!

    YALL KEEP THROWIN AROUND AND LABELING FOLKS WITH THAT WORD HATE AS IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING THE HOMOSEXUAL PLAYBOOK-PAGE ONE: AS A FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE CALL IT HATE SPEECH. I’M PAST THAT POINT. YALL NEED TO GO TO PAGE FIVE: IF ALL ELSE FAILS STOP USING YOUR HOMOSEXUALITY AS A CRUTCH.

    AS I SAID BEFORE THIS CITY NEED FOLKS ON THE COUNCIL WITH OUT A HIDDEN AGENDA, INDIGENOUS TO THE CITY AND IS TEMPERED SO THAT THEY WILL NOT GET BIGGER THAN THE SEAT THEY OCCUPY BUT ALL YALL FAKE ASS FOLK WANT TO COME AT ME WITH “HATE SPEECH” BECAUSE HE PUT HIS PERSONAL BUSINESS ON THE STREET THEN COME ON!!!!

  • Mr. Remember

    You remind me of the squealing little pig from the Geico commercial. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Do what you do and I am not the one sweetie. Don't try to throw shade or pour tea because I am the one who can make a catfight look like a line-dance. Too the left, too the right and bam too the floor. Girrrrrrrrrrrrrl, you don't know who you're messing with...I ain't got time for this cissy-crap.

  • DC Voter

    I wonder if the tired old Ward 5 leadership will support mother Romaine Thomas to keep the seat warm until Junior returns from the pen. After all, this is DC.

  • noodlez

    YOU HUNGRY MR. REMEMBER? IF SO, EAT A DICK! I HAD ONE FOR LUNCH EARLIER! HAHAHAHAHA!

  • Denna

    It's "sissy" Mr. Remember.

    Don't stop the discussion, next.....

    Oh my,this is an interesting site. I accidently ran across it reading the Harry Thomas story. Reading this is more interesting than any reality show I have seen. Noodlez, you talk stuff, but you appear to be highly intelligent. I like the prolific way you express yourself. Have you ever thought of "really" writing, as it novels? You have a great way of expressing yourself,make it work in a positive way for you.

  • drez

    I'm thinking there are a few spoof noodlez posts here.
    pale imitations of the original, IMO

  • noodlez

    @drez-IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY!

    IF THERE WAS SOME HUMOR INVOLVED I WOULD GIVE THE BLOKE SOME PRAISES BUT THE POSER IS TRYING TO HARD.

  • Drez

    Yeah... The phrase construction and syntax are all wrong.
    Seriously. "faggot" etc his viewed as hate speech. Even if you dont mean it like that Cut it out.

  • native

    hahahaha.

  • noodlez

    @drez-I'M GAY AS SHIT, MAYBE I SHOULD RUN FOR COUNCIL SEAT.

  • tony

    Where are all those black ward 5 residents who wanted Harry out so bad. Step up and offer a reasonable replacement. Just like I thought, you don't have a replacement. So, now the white folks in ward 5 are going to get behind TIM DAY, because they can control that weak azz faggot. Noddlez, is absolutely right, the ward 5 community need someone with a grassroot background who will remain committed to his/her public service calling. But, I am telling the black folks in ward 5, you are going to have a fight on your hands,because the white new comers smell blood and they see an opportunity to become major power brokers in the ward. And if that happens, you really will be fucked! YOU WANTED THIS POLITICAL VOID, YOU GOT IT...NOW DEAL WITH IT AND LETS SEE HOW THINGS GO FROM HERE.

  • http://gravatar.com/watchoutmomshome watchoutmomshome

    Sad that no one mentions the issues facing the Ward. Take the personal resentment and bitterness out of the race and think about the way Ward 5 children have been treated. Vote Julianne M. Robertson King for Ward 5!

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