November 14, 2017 at 10:24 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Trans woman runs for ANC seat
Monika Nemeth, gay news, Washington Blade

Monika Nemeth is running for an ANC seat. (Photo courtesy Twitter)

Monika Nemeth, a former Realtor and current information systems engineer for the U.S. Navy, is vying to become D.C.’s first openly transgender person elected to public office in her bid for a seat on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3F in the city’s Cleveland Park neighborhood.

Nemeth is running in a special election scheduled for Nov. 21 to fill a vacant seat in ANC Single Member District 3F06. She’s running against civic activist Bill Sittig.

“As a homeowner for 15 years on Alton Place and a former Realtor working in the area, Monika has gotten to know her neighborhood and its environs,” a campaign flyer promoting her candidacy says. “She is passionate about the community she calls home,” it says.

“Monika is an advocate for the neighborhood, an advocate for the community, and an advocate for YOU!” the flyer says. Another flyer says Nemeth has served as a volunteer for Capital Trans Pride, Capital Pride, and Whitman-Walker Health.

Sittig couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The ANC 3F website says the special election will take place during the ANC’s regularly scheduled meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the lobby of Building 44 of the University of the District of Columbia. It says voting will take place between 7:30-9 p.m. Only those who live within the boundary of ANC 3F06 will be eligible to vote in the special election.

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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