GLAA
August 17, 2006
For Immediate Release

Contact: Rick Rosendall, Political Vice President
202-667-5139

[Excerpt from article Click here to go to Candidate Ratings ]

Four candidates dominated the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C. (GLAA) candidate ratings for the September 12 primaries.

Ward 3 candidate Eric Goulet is the only non-councilmember to receive the full 3 possible record points or have a rating above 8. His +8.5 rating is unusually good for a non-incumbent. Mayoral hopeful Adrian Fenty also earned 8.5 with a very good showing. Only Goulet, Patterson, Mendelson, and Graham earned the full 3 points on record.

Candidates are rated on a scale of -10 to +10, based on their answers to GLAA's questionnaire and their record on behalf of the gay and lesbian community. The questionnaires address a variety of issues including same-sex marriage, sensitivity training for firefighters, opposition to legislation which violates the civil rights of transgender people, support of legislation to strengthen the HIV privacy protections, and increased funding for the Office of Human Rights. The GLAA agenda, questionnaire, and complete candidate responses are available online at www.glaa.org.

Most candidates expressed support for same-sex marriage. Those that did not had other disagreements and/or no record and earned predictably low scores. Most candidates also voiced strong support for increased funding of the Office of Human Rights and publicizing the newly enacted prohibitions on discrimination against transgender people.

Ward 3 D.C. Councilmember

Ward 3 is remarkable for the strength of the field. It is unusual to have so many fine candidates in one race.

Eric Goulet earned a +8.5. He supports all of our issues and has a strong questionnaire. As the clerk of the Committee on Taxation and Revenue, he has been instrumental in getting a number of domestic partnership bills passed and funded. Thanks to Goulet, Domestic Partners of D.C. Government employees will have their health care paid for at the same rate as other family members. The Mayor’s budget neglected to fund that program, but Goulet found the oversight and quietly corrected it for the final budget.