WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Kenyan McDuffie was sworn in as Ward 5 councilmember Wednesday afternoon.

The occasion marks the first time in nearly five months that residents of the ward have a person sitting on the DC Council.

McDuffie defeated Delano Hunter in a special election earlier this month to replace embattled former councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.

Thomas resigned from his position after being found guilty of embezzling more than $350,000 in city funds. He has been sentenced to three years in prison.

McDuffie will serve the remainder of Thomas’ term on the council which runs through 2014.

“I pledge to you, I will roll up my sleeves, right along side my colleagues, right along side the mayor, to do the work of government on behalf of residents of Ward 5 and residents of the District of Columbia,” McDuffie said shortly after being sworn in to office.

The former prosecutor previously held a position in Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration.


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