The Role Of Race In Ward 5′s Special Election

D.C. will hold a Ward 5 special election on May 15 to replace the seat left vacant by former Councilman Harry Thomas Jr., who pleaded guilty to embezzling public money earlier this year.

The demographics of the ward have undergone changes over the past decade, notes the Washington Examiner. The white population more than doubled between 2000 and 2010.

Bob King, an Advisory Neighborhood commissioner who is working on Delano Hunter’s campaign, said the election’s outcome could be determined along racial lines.

“I am very concerned that rigor mortis will set in and white folks will get mad and vote, and black folks will get mad and stay home,” he said.

Read more at:

  • IMGoph

    is there some analysis behind this? i’m not sure what i’m supposed to take from a small snippet with much context.

  • That Guy

    I think she’s afraid of talking about Tim Davy being threatened because it doesn’t fit within her narrative. 

  • Elahe Izadi

    I actually hadn’t seen that story. Thanks for linking to it.

  • That Guy

    Apologies, I’ll take back what I said.