Gertrude Stein Democratic Club 2020 Virtual Endorsement Results

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club’s (Stein Club) first-ever virtual endorsement meeting, held on May 11, 2020, the membership has voted to endorse a list of Democratic candidates that will uphold the values of the organization and work to promote progress of all LGBTQ people in the District of Columbia. Established in 1976, The Stein Club is the voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) Democrats in the District of Columbia.  

 

The Stein Club used a contingent vote ranked-choice system whereby the candidates that received over 60% of the vote earned the Stein Club endorsement. Voting concluded on May 15th, and results are as follows:

  • Ward 2 Council: No Endorsement

  • Ward 4 Council: No Endorsement

  • Ward 7 Council: Vincent Gray with 63.15% of the vote

  • Ward 8 Council: No Endorsement

  • At-Large Council: Robert White with 89.0% of the vote

  • Delegate to U.S. House of Representatives: Eleanor Holmes Norton with 90.4% of the vote

  • Statehood Senator: Paul Strauss with 71.9% of the vote

  • Statehood Representative: Oye Owolewa with 72.6% of the vote 

Electronic ballots were tabulated and verified by independent election observers.

“By all accounts, the Stein Club's first virtual forum and endorsement vote was a resounding success. This would not have been possible without the support and engagement of our members to whom we extend our gratitude. We are equally thankful to Fenit Nirappil of the Washington Post, who gave his time and experience as the forum's guest moderator. The questions Fenit asked candidates were on point and resulted in a deeper understanding of where each stands on LGBTQ+ issues,” said Stein Club president, Kent Boese. The Club will now focus its efforts on turning out the vote for its endorsed candidates. “Campaigning in the age of COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges for the candidates, and in-person voting presents clear risks to voters in DC and around the country. For this reason, The Stein club plans to employ socially distanced campaign strategies such as phonebanks, social media engagement, and online advertisements to support the Club’s endorsed candidates. We encourage everyone to request their vote-by-mail ballot from the DC Board of Elections.”, stated Stein Club Vice-President Legislative Affairs, Monika Nemeth." (PDF Version of Press Release)