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Stein Club Holds Successful Unity Party

Washington, DC - October 19, 2006 - The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club (Stein Club), the largest LGBT political organization in the District, held yesterday a successful Unity Party at Halo to recognize the Democratic nominees and endorsed candidates for School Board. The event attracted approximately 150 members and supporters.

The Unity Party recognized all the endorsed Democratic nominees:

Councilmember Adrian Fenty (Mayor), Councilmember Vincent Gray (Council Chair), Councilmember Phil Mendelson (Council At-Large), Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1), Mary Cheh (Ward 3), Harry Thomas Jr. (Ward 5), Tommy Wells (Ward 6), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (US Congress), Michael Brown (Shadow Senator), and Mike Panetta (Shadow Representative).

The Unity Party also recognized endorsed candidates for School Board: Robert Bobb, Lisa Raymond and Jacque D. Patterson.

On October 10th, the Stein Club passed a resolution to endorse the entire Democratic slate.

"The purpose of the Unity Party was to bring our members and GLBT community together in support of the Democratic slate as we move towards the general elections in November. The Stein Club is proud to endorse all Democratic nominees and is fully committed to supporting them, as well as our endorsed candidates for School Board, and look forward to celebrating their victory in the general election," said Mario Acosta-Velez, President of the Stein Club.

Stein Club Endorsed Candidates


Stein Club Endorsed Candidates for General Election:

Democratic Slate:

Councilmember Adrian Fenty (Mayor)
Councilmember Vincent Gray (Council Chair)
Councilmember Phil Mendelson (Council At-Large)
Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1)
Mary Cheh (Ward 3)
Harry Thomas Jr. (Ward 5)
Tommy Wells (Ward 6)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (US Congress)
Michael Brown (Shadow Senator)
Mike Panetta (Shadow Representative)

Endorsed Candidates for School Board:

Robert C. Bobb (President of the Board of Education)
Lisa Raymond (District III)
Jacque D. Patterson (District IV)

Stein Club Endorses Bobb, Raymond, and Patterson for School Board / Endorses Democratic Slate

Washington, DC - October 11, 2006 - The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club (Stein Club), the largest LGBT political organization in the District, endorsed the following candidates on Monday, October 10th:

Robert C. Bobb - President of Board of Education
Lisa Raymond - District III Member of Board of Education
Jacque D. Patterson - District IV Member of Board of Education

A candidate for office must receive at least 60% of the vote of members present in order to receive the Stein Club's endorsement. All votes were conducted by secret ballot.

In the first vote, Robert C. Bobb received 60.98%, Jacque D. Patterson received 74.36%. On a second run-off ballot, Lisa Raymond received 66.67%.

The Stein Club also passed a resolution to endorse the entire Democratic slate, which includes the following candidates: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (US Congres), Councilmember Adrian Fenty (Mayor), Councilmember Vincent Gray (Council Chair), Councilmember Phil Mendelson (Council At-Large), Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1), Mary Cheh (Ward 3), Harry Thomas Jr. (Ward 5), Tommy Wells (Ward 6), Michael Brown (Shadow Senator), and Mike Panetta (Shadow Representative).

Stein Club Endorses Graham, Thomas, Wells, Pannell and Panetta

Washington, DC - August 16, 2006 – The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club (Stein Club), the largest LGBT political organization in the District, endorsed the following candidates on Monday, August 14:

Jim Graham – Ward One
Harry Thomas, Jr. – Ward Five
Tommy Wells – Ward Six
Philip Pannell – Shadow Senator
Mike Panetta – Shadow Representative

A candidate for office must receive at least 60% of the vote of members present in order to receive the Stein Club’s endorsement. All votes were conducted by secret ballot.

In the first vote, Jim Graham received 79.35 %, Philip Pannell received 80%, and Mike Panetta received 64.44%. On a second run-off ballot, Tommy Wells received 70.59% and Harry Thomas, Jr. received 61.70 %. The Stein Club did not reach an endorsement in the Ward 3 race. On a second run-off ballot, Erik Gaull received 59.72 % and Bill Rice received 26.39%

“The strong participation of our members in the endorsement meeting and the endorsement results demonstrate that the LGBT community will play a key role in this year’s elections,” said Mario Acosta-Velez, President of the Stein Club.

Statements Made by Vincent Orange on Marriage

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"I am the only one that is opposed to same-sex marriage. The other four, they say they believe in God, they go to church, but they're also for same-sex marriage. So, I think coming down the stretch that that's going to be the key issue. I don't think they're morally fit to run this city."

Councilmember Vincent Orange on Saturday, August 12.

To view the WTTG report featuring these comments, click here.

Endorsements

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