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DC: City Council Candidate Flips on Marriage Equality; Activists Skeptical

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Gay activists in Ward 5 have expressed skepticism over a candidate for the ward’s Council seat who says he no longer opposes the city’s same-sex marriage law.

Council candidate Delano Hunter, a Democrat, told the Blade last week that he no longer believes the marriage equality law should be subjected to a voter referendum, reversing his position from 2010 when he unsuccessfully ran for the Ward 5 seat against incumbent Harry Thomas (D).

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics officially declared the Ward 5 seat vacant on Tuesday, nearly two weeks after Thomas resigned shortly before pleading guilty to embezzling more than $300,000 in city funds. The board scheduled a special election on May 15 to fill the seat.

Full Story from The Washington Blade

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DC: NOM Sponsored City Council Candidate Loses With Just 20% of the Vote

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

In the District of Columbia, NOM lost big yesterday. The homophobic organization’s candidate for DC City Council in Ward 5, Delano Hunter, got thumped. Incumbent Harry Thomas Jr. defeated Hunter by a 3 to 1 margin. Here is the latest breakdown courtesy of DCist:

Ward 5 Council
Harry Thomas – 62.05%
Delano Hunter – 20.07%
Kenyan McDuffie – 13.77%

As we’ve reported, NOM spent big on this race. And, Hunter secured the endorsement of the Washington Post in an editorial that told us to ignore his homophobia.

Full Story from America Blog

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