Darrel Thompson

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The race to replace mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells in the D.C. Council’s Ward 6 seat is about to get started.

Yesterday, Charles Allen announced that he’s leaving his job as Wells’ chief of staff. Allen, who’s expected to declare for his old boss’ seat, does candidate-like things like buying Facebook ads with his face on them. In an email, Allen writes that he’s leaving his Wilson Building perch at the end of the week for “new opportunities to serve Ward 6 and the District.”

Allen isn’t the only potential candidate leaving his job. Darrel Thompson says in a press release that he’s leaving his job as a staffer for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to run for the Council seat. On Tuesday, Thompson turned his exploratory committee into a campaign committee.

Is Allen going to make things official himself? “I might be able to talk about that next week,” Allen writes in an email to LL.

Hint, hint.

Photo courtesy Darrel Thompson