Kenyan McDuffie Wins Ward 5 DC Council Seat

9:54 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--Kenyan McDuffie has won the Ward 5 council seat in Tuesday's special election.  McDuffie won with almost 45-percent of the votes.

McDuffie will fill the vacant D.C. Council seat formerly held by Harry Thomas, Jr.  Thomas resigned in January, after pleading guilty in federal court to two federal felonies:  stealing public funds earmarked for youth sports programs and filing false tax returns. 

McDuffie will serve out the remainder of Thomas' term, which runs through 2014.

McDuffie is an attorney who left his job in Deputy Mayor Paul Quander's office to run for the open council seat.  He has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and as an assistant state's attorney in Prince George's County.  He lives in the Stronghold neighborhood.  He has also served as president of his neighborhood's civic association.  He ran against Harry Thomas, Jr in 2010 for the Ward 5 seat and  finished third.

Second place in Tuesday's special election went to Delano Hunter with 20% of the votes, followed by Frank Wilds and Tim Day.

Here are the vote totals according to the DC Board of Elections:

 

 

Results

Candidate

Party

Votes

Percent

MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL WARD FIVE

Kenyan McDuffie

DEM

4,085

44.50%

Delano Hunter

DEM

1,850

20.15%

Frank Wilds

DEM

1,360

14.81%

Tim Day

REP

490

5.338%

Ron L. Magnus

DEM

379

4.129%

Shelly Gardner

DEM

241

2.625%

Kathy Henderson

DEM

228

2.484%

Drew E. Hubbard

DEM

199

2.168%

Rae Zapata

DEM

182

1.983%

Ruth E. Marshall

DEM

63

0.686%

John C. Cheeks

NOP

38

0.414%

WRITE-IN

NON

25

0.272%

UNDER VOTES

22

0.239%

Amanda Broadnax

DEM

13

0.141%

 

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