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Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Day joins race for Thomas’s old seat

Though 17 people are already vying for the seat vacated by disgraced Ward 5 Council member Harry Thomas Jr., the big question mark has always surrounded Tim Day, the very man responsible for Thomas’s downfall.

Now it looks like things have been cleared up — Day is jumping into the race himself. Speaking to NewsChannel 8’s Bruce DePuyt today, Day confirmed that he’d throw his lot in with the other residents seeking to fill Thomas’s seat. Day, an accountant by trade, may automatically have some more pedigree, though — it was his complaints over a nonprofit linked to Thomas that unraveled an entire scheme in which the former Ward 5 council member stole $350,000 from the city and used it for a luxury SUV, trips and other things.

Day challenged Thomas as a Republican in 2010, receiving just shy of 6 percent of the vote. But with the amount of people hoping to participate in the May 15 special election, that may be all he needs to take Thomas’s old seat.

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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