Gay activist and D.C. government official Jeffrey Richardson is running for president of the Ward 6 Democratic Committee for the second time in a new election scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Hill Center located in the Old Naval Hospital building on Capitol Hill at 921 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.
Richardson is director of the Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism and is former director of the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs. He’s also a former president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest LGBT political group.
Richardson initially won his race for president of the Ward 6 Democrats in an Oct. 1 election. But the D.C. Democratic State Committee voided the election 11 days later on grounds that eligible voters were denied the right to vote.
An eight-page ruling signed by D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At-Large), who serves as chair of the State Committee, says Ward 6 Democratic officials announced that the Oct. 1 election for the committee’s officers would take place at a meeting scheduled to take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
But according to the ruling, committee members attending the meeting approved “Rules of the Day” at the start of the meeting that restricted the voting to a 10-minute period rather than allow it to continue through the entire 90-minute meeting.
Those arriving to vote after the 10-minute voting period ended but before the end of the meeting were “disenfranchised” by not being allowed to vote, according to the State Committee ruling
In an announcement made last month, Ward 6 Democrats said the voting at the Dec. 7 meeting would take place between 10:20 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. The meeting itself was scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Similar to the election on Oct. 1, Richardson is being opposed by Democratic activist DeLeon Ware, who lost to Richardson on Oct. 1. The only other challenged position is for third vice chairperson, in which local Realtor and Democratic activist Chuck Burger, who won on Oct. 1, is being challenged again by Joseph Slovinec.
Under D.C. Democratic Party rules, any voter registered as a Democrat and who lives in Ward 6 is eligible to vote in the Ward 6 Dems election. Although it’s too late for additional candidates to be placed on the ballot, registered Democrats residing in the ward can run as write-in candidates.