West resigns as chairman of D.C. elections board

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The chairman of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics plans to resign, just two weeks after the board’s executive director also stepped down, D.C. officials said Monday.

Togo D. West Jr., a former Clinton administration secretary of the Army and of Veteran Affairs, is leaving the board on the heels of Rokey W. Suleman II, as the city prepares for primary elections that for the first time will take place in April. The board’s chief technology officer, Paul Stenbjorn, has been serving as interim executive director.

BOEE spokeswoman Alysoun McLaughlin said there were few details to provide about Mr. West’s resignation and that Mayor Vincent C. Gray had been the first to make the announcement.

Council member Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 Democrat, released a statement in praise of Mr. West while expressing fear the board’s diminishing ranks could threaten a quorum.

Mr. West is to be praised for his efforts to improve the functioning of the District’s elections system,” said Ms. Bowser, chairman of the Committee on Government Operations that oversees the elections board. “He joined the Board at a trying time and saw it through many reforms and a special election.”

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