Ward 5 Winner Could Be Swing Vote | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Ward 5 Winner Could Be Swing Vote

Play associated audio
The Ward 5 councilmember is expected to represent a swing vote on the D.C. Council.
Mallory Noe-Payne
The Ward 5 councilmember is expected to represent a swing vote on the D.C. Council.

For years, the Thomas name has dominated Ward 5 politics, with Harry Thomas Sr. holding the seat from 1986 to 1999. Harry Thomas Jr., his son, represented the ward from 2006 until earlier this year.  The seat has been vacant since former councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. resigned in January and later pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $350,000 in public funds.

Tomorrow, voters in Ward 5 will head to the polls in a special election to pick a new council member.

With light turnout expected and a crowded field of candidates, Tuesday's Ward 5 race is seen by political observers as wide-open.  And the winner of Tuesday's contest will also assume a critical role at the D.C. Council.

"A swing vote is arriving to the council," says Chuck Thies, a local political consultant and commentator.

The polls open tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m

You can find out more about the candidates on their campaign websites:

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 23

You can see a horror flick or attend a film festival about the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Movement.

NPR

Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores

The recall applies to "certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots" from a California packing company, the FDA says.
NPR

Long GOP Primary Season Gives Democrats Time To Fill Campaign Coffers

If Democrats lose control of the Senate this fall, it likely won't be for lack of campaign money. The prominent female candidates in particular have healthy campaign accounts.
NPR

Skype A Vital Bridge For Palestinians In West Bank, Gaza

By most accounts, the war between Israel and Hamas is getting worse. As the casualties mount, so does the frustration of Palestinian families living apart who rarely if ever get to see each other.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.