Tim Day, a Republican who blew the whistle on D.C. council member Harry Thomas Jr.’s use of his nonprofit to steal funds from the city, has filed a petition to appear on the ballot in a special election to replace the disgraced legislator from Ward 5. Mr. Thomas resigned last month after pleading guilty to federal theft and tax fraud charges.
Mr. Day turned in his petitions late Tuesday, while a heavy slate of Democrats who picked up petition in recent weeks has until the close of business Wednesday to turn in paperwork to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.
Twenty-five people have shown a formal interest in running for the vacant seat in the weeks since Thomas’ guilty plea.
Among them, six have filed petitions to be on the ballot — Mr. Day, Robert Albrecht, William Boston, Shelly Gardner, John T. Salatti and Frank Wilds. And three have withdrawn from contention — Bill Dwenger, Matthew E. Schilling and Carolyn C. Steptoe.
Mr. Day filed as a Republican and Mr. Albrecht as an independent. The other four filed as Democrats.
Sixteen additional candidates will either file their petitions at BOEE today or fail to make the grade.