Tommy Wells

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Tommy Wells
Tommy Wells at Rally for School Modernization.jpg
Tommy Wells at a rally for school modernization
Member of the D.C Council for Ward 6
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2, 2007
Preceded by Sharon Ambrose
Personal details
Born (1957-02-27) February 27, 1957 (age 57)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Alabama,
Tuscaloosa

University of Minnesota, Twin
Cities

Catholic University of America
Religion Episcopal

Tommy Wells (born February 27, 1957[1]) is a politician from Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Council of the District of Columbia where he serves as a Democrat representing Ward 6.

Biography[edit]

Wells was born in Austin, Texas in 1957 and received his B.A. from the University of Alabama in 1979. He then pursued a master's degree in social work, earning an M.S.W. from the University of Minnesota in 1981. In 1991, he received his J.D. from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law.

Wells began his Washington, D.C., career in 1985 as a social worker in the District's child protective services agency. After six years with the agency, Wells became the director of the D.C. Consortium for Child Welfare, an organization of 20 nonprofit agencies that serve the city's children and families, until his election to the Council of the District of Columbia in 2006.[2] He also served as a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B from 1995 to 2000 and Chair of ANC 6B from 1999-2000. He was elected to serve Wards 5 and 6 on the DC Board of Education from 2001-2006.

In 2013, he announced he would not seek reelection to his council seat and would instead run for mayor of the District of Columbia. Wells' chief of staff, Charles Allen, decided he would run for Wells' seat on the Council.[3]

Wells has been married to Barbara Wells since 1988 and is a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Elections[edit]

Wells defeated Will Cobb (I) and Antonio (Tony) Williams (R) in the 2006 elections with 62% (8,992) of the vote compared to Cobb's 27% (3,908) and Williams' 11% (1,564).[4]

Wells was re-elected for a second term in 2010. Wells defeated Jim DeMartino (R) in the 2010 election with 85% (16,256) of the vote, compared to DeMartino's 14% (2,674).[5]

Committees[edit]

  • Committee on Public Works and Transportation (Chair)
  • Committee on Health
  • Committee on Human Services
  • Committee on Government Operations and the Environment
  • Member, Board of Directors, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Voters Guide 2006 Supplement" (PDF). The Washington Informer. 2006-09-24. 
  2. ^ "Election Profile - D.C. Council, Ward 6". The Washington Post. 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  3. ^ DeBonis, Mike (October 11, 2013). "Evans comes on strong in D.C. mayoral race fundraising, but Bowser retains cash edge". The Washington Post. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Local Elections 2006 - D.C. Council, Ward 6". The Washington Post. 2006. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  5. ^ "DC Board of Elections". DC Board of Elections. 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 

External links[edit]

Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Sharon Ambrose
Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
for the Ward 6 district

2007–2015
Succeeded by
Charles Allen (elect)