September 21, 2016 at 4:25 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
White named newest D.C. Council member
Robert White, gay news, Washington Blade

Robert White (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The D.C. Democratic State Committee voted on Sept. 15 to name Robert White as the temporary replacement for D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large), who resigned from his seat in August to take a job as president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

White defeated Orange in the D.C. Democratic primary in June to become the Democratic nominee for the at-large Council seat. Most political observers consider White, a longtime LGBT rights supporter, to be the strong favorite to win the “Democratic” at-large seat in the Nov. 8 general election.

Incumbent Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large) is running for re-election to an at-large seat reserved under the City Charter for a non-majority party candidate which, in D.C., means a non-Democrat.

Four other non-Democrats are competing for the two seats in the November election. They include independent John Cheeks, Statehood Green Party candidate G. Lee Aikin, Republican Carolina Celnik, and Libertarian Party candidate Matthew Klokel.

Under the city’s election law, the candidates receiving the two highest vote counts will be declared the winners of the two seats.

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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