The good government advocate cites “fraudulent” signature effort at the hands of private contractor and shuts down her campaign


This Just In: At-Large D.C. Council candidate Traci Hughes has ended her campaign. Citing a “fraudulent” signature collection effort by a private contractor, Hughes announced that she declined to turn in her petition to qualify for the general election ballot.  

“I pledge to continue this fight as a citizen and look forward to working with each of the candidates in this race, and all members of our government, to make D.C. more open, transparent and accountable to the needs of Washingtonians,” Hughes said, in a press release dated August 9, 2018.

According to the press release, the consultancy group hired by her campaign, Strategies for Change Group, submitted the signatures “right before this week’s deadline.” Hughes’ decision meant the campaign came up short of collecting the necessary number of signatures required by the D.C. Board of Elections to appear on the General Election ballot.

Hours before this revelation, District Dig posted a Q&A with Hughes that made no mention of any behind-the-scenes signature collection problems.  In light of these latest developments, and the end of the campaign, we have elected to take down the original post.

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