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The summer is a perfect time to consider who we want in charge at the Wilson Building next year. Given our current leadership, it’s also a great time to consider running for office to replace them. We all deserve better.
Next year’s City Council primary date is April 3. For the most part in this overwhelmingly Democratic city, odds favor whoever wins in April. LGBT Washingtonians—leaders in business, neighborhoods and community organizations—should consider bids to replace some longtime City Council members who may no longer be serving us well.
If you live in Wards 2, 4, 7 or 8, you should consider whether you could do a better job than your current representatives on the Council. Two at-large seats will also be available, so experienced leaders thinking about serving on the Council needn’t limit themselves to their own ward boundaries. Finally Board of Education seats in the same Wards and all ANC seats are also available for those interested and qualified.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund will help talented and committed leaders determine if there’s a path to victory in a particular political race. If you believe you would make an excellent candidate for elective office, come talk to us and let’s determine whether a run for office is right for you.
Our city needs new leadership and new voices, and our local LGBT community is among the most talented in the country. — John Klenert, Victory Campaign board member