August 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Schwartz submits 6,500 signatures for mayoral race
Carol Schwartz, gay news, Washington Blade

Mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

Independent D.C. mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz submitted more than 6,500 petition signatures to the Board of Elections on Wednesday, more than double the 3,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot for the November election.

“Not only was the number very strong, but notable was that Carol personally gathered over 2,000 of those signatures in all wards of the city,” a statement released by the Schwartz campaign says.

“I am grateful to the more than 70 volunteers who gave so much time and energy – and received not one penny – to help me get on the ballot on Nov. 4, as well as the many more who are helping in so many other ways,” Schwartz said. “With our campaign, which has always been more about people than money, I feel we have a real chance for victory for all of us.”

Similar to the campaign of rival mayoral candidate David Catania, the Schwartz campaign said a majority of the signatures Schwartz submitted have been validated, decreasing the chance of someone challenging the signatures.

Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser, who won the city’s Democratic primary in April, is given automatic placement on the ballot in November without the need for petition signatures.

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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