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Jack Evans to Run in Special Election for DC Council Seat He Just Vacated

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Former D.C. Council member Jack Evans intends to run in a special election for the Ward 2 seat he recently vacated after an investigation found he violated the Council's code of ethics.

Evans picked up petitions Monday to qualify for the June primary and the special election to fill his old seat, according to the D.C. Board of Elections database.

Evans resigned from his position on Jan. 17, two business days before his colleagues on the D.C. Council were expected to expel him.

A Council investigation found Evans violated ethics by accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in outside income without disclosing it.

D.C.'s mayor and council members expressed outrage and concern over former council member Jack Evans' plan to run for the seat he recently vacated.

Evans remains under federal investigation.

He has maintained he did nothing illegal.

"It's very sad that Jack can't move on. His actions over the past several years show he's clearly unfit for office and seeks only to serve himself, not the ward or DC. I believe voters will show him on June 2nd and June 16th that this is a mistake," Daniel Hernandez, a candidate for the Ward 2 seat, told News4.

On Sunday, Evans walked in a parade alongside D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.

Mendelson told Evans it was "inappropriate" for Evans to make an appearance alongside elected officials, a representative for Mendelson told News4 on Monday.

Evans declined to comment when News4 reached out to him by phone Monday.

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