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Mr. McDuffie took office in May after a special election to replace former council member Harry Thomas Jr., who resigned in January and pleaded guilty to stealing more than $350,000 in public funds intended for youth sports programs.

The new lawmaker has been vocal about flooding in Bloomingdale and decried the mayor’s plans to build a car barn for the District’s new streetcar system in his ward near Spingarn High School. Mr. McDuffie noted the city is ready to shell out millions for the barn, but the flooding issue is “well-documented” and leaves people in fear of leaving their homes.

“It’s occurring too frequently,” he said. “People are on pins and needles.”