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.