May 4, 2012 at 11:04 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay candidate running for president of D.C. Young Democrats
Toby Quaranta, gay news, gay politics dc

Toby Quaranta is running for president of the Young Democrats of the District of Columbia. (Courtesy photo)

Gay Democratic activist Toby Quaranta is running for president of the Young Democrats of the District of Columbia in an election caucus scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the city’s John A. Wilson City Hall building.

“I promise to grow the organization to a size it has never seen before, giving the young people of this city a more effective voice,” Quaranta said in a campaign statement. “I promise to focus our membership’s talents on community service inside the city, and political support for our friends in swing districts outside the city,” his campaign statement said.

Local Democratic activists Branden Todd and Palak Jain are running against Quaranta at the Saturday caucus. The two couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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