MEET YOUR 2020 LGBTQ+ CANDIDATES FOR ANC
The ANC Rainbow Caucus is proud to support these LGBTQ+ candidates in their competitive races.
Ally Candidates of the Rainbow Caucus coming soon!
ALAN KENSEK JR. (HE/HIM)
LGBTQ+ Candidate for ANC 1B05
I am interested in joining the ANC Rainbow Caucus and will advocate for all LGBTQIA issues that we face. We as a community, can and will make a difference.
ERIC BEHNA (HE/HIM)
LGBTQ+ Candidate for ANC 1B08
As a commissioner, my top priority will be promoting social, economic, and racial justice at the local level. From housing to transit to education and more, we need to pursue every opportunity to make DC liveable and accessible for every day working people, not just the elite. Advocating for the LGBTQIA community, particularly trans people of color, is an integral part of that mission, and as a gay man, I take that very seriously.
RE-ELECT TED GUTHRIE (HE/HIM)
LGBTQ+ Incumbent for ANC 1C03
I've been out and proud since 1978. I was actively involved in Portland Town Council during the dark days combatting OCA initiatives; Cascade AIDS Project during the crisis; and many LGBTQ organizations while I lived in Portland. Since moving to the District, I've volunteered at the High heel Race, Pride, and the Gay Bridge club, and was a member of Gertrude Stein Democrats. I participated in a couple of Rainbow Caucus meetings with administrative personnel over the last year and found them both educational and worthwhile.
RE-ELECT MATTHEW SAMPSON (HE/HIM)
LGBTQ+ Incumbent for ANC 2B01
I am a queer progressive commissioner in Dupont Circle, the historic gayborhood. It is a unique honor to represent the LGBTQ community. I will use my seat to protect the rights of LGBTQ people and to promote a culture of love and acceptance for everyone.
RE-ELECT MIKE SILVERSTEIN (HE/HIM)
LGBTQ+ Incumbent for ANC 2B06
Founding member of the Rainbow Caucus.
Mike Silverstein has lived in the Dupont Circle neighborhood since 1981. He is retired after a thirty year career at ABC News, and has previously served on the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
KYLE MULHALL (HE/HIM)
LGBTQ+ Candidate for ANC 2B09
As an out and proud married gay Dad of 2-year-old twins, I want to fight for LGBTQ families and for equality for our entire community at all levels of government!
TONI A. GHAZI (HE/HIM)
LGBTQ+ Candidate for 3D02
Professionally, I have worked in Real Estate in the D.C. Metro Area for the last 7-years and Commercial Real Estate before that for another 8-years. As a realtor, I understand the value that my clients seek in a community and, as a Spring Valley resident, I take pride in what makes this community such a desirable place to live. I do NOT believe in the concept of wrong or right – NOR do I believe in the concept of good or evil. I am big fan of knowing that we ALL have choices to make in this existence and that the REACTION TO THOSE choices is what creates the reality that we live in. Ego & judgement will always be placed aside as I do in my daily/personal life to see things from the HIGHER-SELF & HEART-CENTERED perspective. One of my biggest inspirations is Darryl Anka who channels a multidimensional-being named ‘Bashar,’ - he is one of my inspirations and how I choose to live life – with LOVE & LIGHT!
CHRISTIAN DAMIANA (HE/HIM)
LGBTQ+ Candidate for ANC 3D07
MIKE WHELAN (HE/HIM)
LGBTQ+ Candidate for ANC 4C06
I am running first and foremost because we need ANC leadership to deal with DC's affordable housing crisis. The high cost of housing in DC has hit the queer community especially hard and I want to join the Rainbow Caucus because with their help, I can be a fighter for our community.
I first moved to Petworth in Spring 2016, after graduating from Georgetown over in Ward 2. Ever since, I’ve been proud to be part of this neighborhood - first in a basement apartment on 14th Street and now on Kansas Avenue. I am running for ANC because we need to keep housing affordable and build safer streets for our neighbors. It would be an honor to join the Rainbow Caucus and work with our LGBTQ+ community to fight for a more affordable, equitable DC.
ROBB DOOLING (ANYTHING RESPECTFUL)
LGBTQ+ Candidate for ANC 6A06
I'm Deaf, queer, and running to give a voice to all of the marginalized communities in DC.
Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @Robb4DC
KEITH HASAN-TOWERY (HE/HIM)
LGBTQ+ Candidate for ANC 7E04
As your commissioner, I want to (1) make sure that Fletcher-Johnson has a future we are all proud of; (2) that we all feel safe while shopping at Benco, but also center resources for those that need them in that prime location; and, (3) ensure our community never feels ignored or neglected by those we have put in office to serve us.
FB: Keith Raphael Hasan-Towery website:
AIYI'NAH FORD (SHE/HER/FAE)
LGBTQ+ Candidate for ANC 8A06
OTHER RAINBOW CAUCUS CANDIDATES:
Profiles for the following candidates coming soon, but please reach out and support them!
1C08 Chris Jackson*
2C02 Will Mascaro
3F05 Ryan Keefe
5C05 Raymond Chandler
5D06 Michael Lussier
6D07 Edward Daniels*