Former Ward 2 Councilmember drops out of special election triggered after his resignation

Hatchet File Photo | Evans stepped down from the D.C. Council in January, just days before councilmembers were slated to vote on his expulsion for becoming the subject of multiple investigations into his unethical business practices.

Former Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans has dropped out of the special election scheduled to fill his seat after he resigned earlier this year, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Evans stepped down from the D.C. Council in January, just days before councilmembers were slated to vote on his expulsion for becoming the subject of multiple investigations into his unethical business practices. In congruence with D.C. law, the D.C. Board of Elections scheduled a special election for June 16 to elect a councilmember to serve the rest of Evans’ term, which ends in January 2021.

“I have decided it is best to not seek to run for the position which I resigned from in January and instead focus on a new start for the next four years,” Evans told The Post. “Not running in the special is also a way of showing my sincere regret for the mistakes I made.”

Evans will still run against seven challengers in the Democratic primary on June 2 to hold the next four-year term as Ward 2 Councilmember, The Post reported.

The former Councilmember first fell under investigation in January 2019 for pushing emergency legislation that benefited a sign construction company that had awarded him stock shares. A Metro ethics committee found that Evans violated Metro’s ethics codes in June, prompting him to step down from his position as board chair about a week later.

In July, the D.C. Council voted to remove Evans from his position as the chairman of the Committee on Finance and Revenue. The Council also launched an ethics investigation into Evans’ dealings, releasing a report in November stating that he violated the body’s ethics codes at least 11 times since 2014.

The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability reopened its investigation into Evans’ business dealings after other groups revealed their findings and Evans’ resignation in January. The board had paused its probe after federal law enforcement officials noted that it could interfere with their operations, The Washington Post reported.

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