November 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay Republican enters Council race
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Ward 1 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Marc Morgan. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Gay Republican and Ward 1 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Marc Morgan has taken out petitions to run in the April 1 Republican primary as a candidate for the at-large D.C. Council seat currently held by Democrat Anita Bonds.

Morgan is the only GOP candidate to enter the at-large Council race so far. Two other Democrats have entered the race and would be running against Bonds in the April 1 Democratic primary if they obtain the number of petition signatures needed to get on the ballot.

The two are Nate Bennett-Fleming, a Ward 8 attorney who won election in 2012 as the city’s shadow U.S. Representative; and attorney Robert White, who worked for the past five years on the staff of D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-At-Large).

Bonds and Bennett-Fleming have strong records of support for the LGBT community. White’s position on LGBT issues couldn’t immediately be determined, although his tenure on Norton’s staff suggests he shares Norton’s strong and longtime support for LGBT equality.

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

  • Barrie Daneker

    Mr. Morgan has no viable chance in this race. With Bonds’s record on GLBT issues dating back to 1978 and her long history of public service. She is clearly the front runner in this race and will clearly be the choice of LGBT voters in DC

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