Harry Thomas Sr., 77, a retired federal government worker and community activist who represented Ward 5 on the D.C. Council for 12 years before being defeated in the Democratic primary for renomination in November, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 7 at Providence Hospital. He lived in the District.
District Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) described Mr. Thomas as a lifelong advocate of civil rights and suggested the city should name a building in his honor. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), in her statement, recalled Mr. Thomas's love of the District, which "led to community activism, and he took that community dedication with him into the Council."
Mr. Thomas is said to have decided to run for the council only after failing to persuade his wife to make the race. Mr. Thomas took on a formidable opponent, three-term council member William R. Spaulding in the Democratic primary.
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