The man who tipped off investigators to Harry Thomas Jr's suspect spending is now running for the Ward 5 seat.
The man who tipped off D.C. officials to suspect spending practices by former Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is now running for Thomas' old seat.
According to the Washington Examiner, Republican Tim Day filed with the Board of Elections yesterday to run for the Ward 5 seat in a special election later this year. Day is an accountant who ran against -- and lost to -- Thomas in 2010.
"What we most need now is to make certain we get a return on every dollar spent," Day said in a statement, according to the Examiner. "It’s basics like compliance and accountability that are missing now, and that is exactly the expertise I can provide.”
Day also said in the statement to the Examiner that he is running “to have the Council function as an honest and ethical government entity for all the people of Ward 5 and not just a select few.”
The District will hold a special election for Thomas’ seat on May 15. Thomas resigned earlier this month after pleading guilty to using more than $350,000 dollars in city money to fund a lavish lifestyle. He is also charged with filing false tax returns. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 3.
Day first announced his plans to run on NewsChannel 8’s “NewsTalk” program.