November 9, 2017 at 3:17 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Lesbian, gay man file papers for D.C. Council race
Dionne Bussey-Reeder, gay news, Washington Blade

Dionne Bussey-Reeder (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

Lesbian businesswoman Dionne Bussey-Reeder and Ward 1 gay civic activist Jamie Sycamore have filed papers with the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance to run for seats on the D.C. City Council next year.

Bussey-Reeder, an independent, is running for one of the two at-large Council seats up for election next year that are currently held by Council members Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and Elissa Silverman (I-At-Large).

Sycamore is running as a Democrat for the Ward 1 Council seat held by incumbent Democrat Brianne Nadeau.

Gay Advisory Neighborhood Commission Chair Kent Boese announced his candidacy for the Ward 1 Council seat in July. He’s also running as a Democrat.

Boese, Sycamore, and two other Democrats — Lori Parker and Greg Boyd — will be challenging Nadeau in the June 2018 Democratic primary, assuming they obtain the required number of petition signatures to get on the ballot.

There currently are no out LGBT members of the D.C. Council. In the coming weeks the Blade will be reporting on the campaigns of Boese, Bussey-Reeder, and Sycamore along with the candidates and incumbents they are running against.


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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