July 6, 2016 at 4:19 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Norton, Evans may face gay challengers
Bruce Majors, Libertarian Party, gay news, Washington Blade

Libertarian Party leader Bruce Majors plans to run against Council member Jack Evans. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Majors)

D.C. Congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-At-Large) and D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who ran unopposed in the city’s Democratic primary, may be challenged in the November general election by two veteran Libertarian Party activists who are gay.

Ward 1 community activist and Libertarian Party stalwart Martin Moulton took out petitions on June 22 to run against Norton. D.C. Realtor and longtime Libertarian Party leader Bruce Majors took out petitions on June 20 to run against Evans.

In order to get on the ballot Moulton needs to collect 3,000 petition signatures in his citywide race. Majors needs 500 petition signatures to gain access to the ballot for his Ward 2 race against Evans.

Norton and Evans, who have longtime records of support for LGBT rights, are considered the strong favorites to win re-election.

But Majors surprised political observers in 2012 when he received more than 11,000 votes in his unsuccessful race against Norton for the congressional delegate seat. Although he lost his race his vote total enabled the Libertarian Party to obtain automatic ballot status for its candidates for the next two years.

Majors ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2014, receiving 1,297 votes in his challenge to Democrat Muriel Bowser and independent candidates David Catania and Carol Schwartz.

If Moulton and Majors obtain the necessary petition signatures they will likely be running on the same ballot as Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his vice presidential running mate William Weld.

With voter dissatisfaction surfacing toward Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, some political pundits are predicting that the Johnson-Weld ticket could receive significantly higher vote totals than third-party candidates normally receive.

It’s unclear whether the Johnson-Weld ticket in D.C. would have a “coattail” effect of pulling in more votes for Moulton and Majors since the overwhelming majority of D.C. voters are registered Democrats.

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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