Grosso joins Evans and Gray with perfect GLAA Ratings in D.C. Council races
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October 9, 2016

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Grosso joins Evans and Gray with perfect GLAA Ratings in D.C. Council races

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At-Large Councilmember David Grosso has joined Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Ward 7 nominee Vincent C. Gray in earning the top rating of +10 from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) for the November 8 general election for D.C. Council. GLAA held its general election ratings meeting on October 4. Candidates nominated in the June 14 primary election retain their ratings from that cycle. A key to available ratings points is provided below.

The following are explanations of the individual ratings for independent and minor-party D.C. Council candidates. Note: Ratings marked with an asterisk (*) indicate a candidate who did not return GLAA's questionnaire and was therefore rated solely on his or her known record on GLAA's issues.

At-Large

Independent incumbent David Grosso (+10) agreed with GLAA on the issues and offered strong substance in his questionnaire. He has an extensive record of supporting LGBT concerns, including introduction and passage of bills to prevent youth suicide and to require LGBT cultural competency for medical professionals.

Independent candidate John C. Cheeks (0*) did not submit a questionnaire and has no known record on LGBT issues.

Libertarian candidate Matthew Klokel (0*) did not submit a questionnaire and has no known record on LGBT issues.

Ward 7

Independent candidate Gary Butler (+2.5) agreed with GLAA on most issues but offered minimal substance and has no known record on LGBT issues.

Independent candidate Christian Carter (0*) did not submit a questionnaire and has no known record on LGBT issues.


GLAA rates candidates on a scale of -10 to +10, based on their answers to our questionnaire and their record on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The questionnaire addresses a variety of issues including public health, public safety, human rights, youth and seniors, and defending LGBT consumers and businesses. The GLAA agenda, questionnaire, and complete candidate responses are available online at www.glaa.org.

All candidates were provided a copy of "Building on Victory," GLAA's 2016 policy brief on LGBT issues in Washington, D.C.

Ratings should not be interpreted as endorsements. GLAA does not endorse candidates in partisan elections.

GLAA has rated candidates in every D.C. primary and general election since 1971. Independent council candidates will be rated prior to the general election.

Founded in 1971, the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C. is an all-volunteer, non-partisan, non-profit political organization that defends the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Nation's Capital. We are the nation's oldest continuously active gay and lesbian civil rights organization.

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GLAA Ratings for November 8, 2016 General Election


To see the full text of a candidate's questionnaire responses, click on his or her name below.


At-Large DC Councilmember

Candidate
Party
Rating
David Grosso
Independent
10
Robert White
Democrat
8.5
G. Lee Aikin
Statehood-Green
7.5
Carolina Celnik
Republican
1.5
John C. Cheeks
Independent
0 *
Matthew Klokel
Libertarian
0 *

Ward 2 DC Councilmember

Candidate
Party
Rating
Jack Evans (Incumbent)
Democrat
10

Ward 4 DC Councilmember

Candidate
Party
Rating
Brandon Todd (Incumbent)
Democrat
5

Ward 7 DC Councilmember

Candidate
Party
Rating
Vincent C. Gray
Democrat
10
Gary Butler
Independent
2.5
Christian Carter
Independent
0 *

Ward 8 DC Councilmember

Candidate
Party
Rating
Trayon White
Democrat
4

Note: Ratings marked with an asterisk (*) indicate a candidate who did not return a questionnaire
and was therefore rated solely on his or her known record on GLAA's issues.

Key to available ratings points

Questionnaire: yes/no+/- 2 points
Questionnaire: substantive grasp of issues+/- 4 points
Record:+/- 4 points
Total available:+/- 10 points

Click here to view a detailed breakdown of all candidates' ratings points.

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