The LGBTQ Victory Fund, a national group that supports out LGBT candidates running for public office, announced on Tuesday that it has endorsed gay Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and law librarian Kent Boese in his race for the Ward 1 D.C. Council seat.
Boese is one of three candidates challenging Ward 1 Council member Brianne Nadeau in the city’s June 19 Democratic primary.
“To be awarded a Victory Fund endorsement candidates must identify as LGBTQ, commit to pushing forward LGBTQ equality once elected, be supportive of reproductive freedom, and be viable candidates,” said Victory Fund spokesperson Elliot Imse.
“To meet the viability criteria, our political team analyzes candidates’ fundraising, along with their campaign and field strategies and efforts, and determines whether there is a path to victory,” Imse told the Blade.
“The Victory Campaign Board determined that Kent Boese met the endorsement criteria – including the viability threshold – and would be a strong voice for LGBTQ people if elected,” Imse said. “We are pleased to be supporting Kent’s campaign.”
Last month, Boese won the endorsement of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest local LGBT political group.
Nadeau has a strong LGBT supportive record on the Council and has described herself as a committed ally for the LGBT community. Boese’s supporters have said that in his role as a longstanding elected ANC commissioner Boese has a strong understanding of all issues of importance to Ward 1 residents.