May 25, 2018 at 4:50 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay D.C. Council candidate wins Victory Fund endorsement
Kent Boese, gay news, Washington Blade

Kent Boese (Photo courtesy Boese)

The LGBTQ Victory Fund, a national group that supports out LGBT candidates running for public office, announced on Tuesday that it has endorsed gay Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and law librarian Kent Boese in his race for the Ward 1 D.C. Council seat.

Boese is one of three candidates challenging Ward 1 Council member Brianne Nadeau in the city’s June 19 Democratic primary.

“To be awarded a Victory Fund endorsement candidates must identify as LGBTQ, commit to pushing forward LGBTQ equality once elected, be supportive of reproductive freedom, and be viable candidates,” said Victory Fund spokesperson Elliot Imse.

“To meet the viability criteria, our political team analyzes candidates’ fundraising, along with their campaign and field strategies and efforts, and determines whether there is a path to victory,” Imse told the Blade.

“The Victory Campaign Board determined that Kent Boese met the endorsement criteria – including the viability threshold – and would be a strong voice for LGBTQ people if elected,” Imse said.  “We are pleased to be supporting Kent’s campaign.”

Last month, Boese won the endorsement of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest local LGBT political group.

Nadeau has a strong LGBT supportive record on the Council and has described herself as a committed ally for the LGBT community. Boese’s supporters have said that in his role as a longstanding elected ANC commissioner Boese has a strong understanding of all issues of importance to Ward 1 residents.

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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