Sunday, November 11, 2018

Last minute coverage of Libertarian "power couple"

November 5, 2018 at 11:05 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr. @ WashingtonBlade
More LGBT candidates surface in D.C. election
Libertarian Party, gay news, Washington Blade
Attorney Joe Henchman, on left, is running for the D.C. Attorney General position and his husband, Ethan Bishop-Henchman, is running for D.C. Council Chair. Both are running under a Libertarian Party slate that includes gay Libertarian activist Martin Moulton, who’s running for mayor, and Libertarian Bruce Majors, who’s running for the city’s Congressional Delegate seat. (Photo of Joseph Henchman via Twitter; photo of Ethan Bishop-Henchman via Facebook)
In a little-noticed development, the Libertarian Party candidates running in an uphill race for D.C. Council chair and D.C. attorney general are gay men who are a married couple.
Ethan Bishop-Henchman is running for Council chair against Democratic incumbent Phil Mendelson, and his husband, Joe Henchman, is running for attorney general against incumbent Democrat Karl Racine.
Both told the Washington Blade on Sunday that, while not at all hiding their status as gay men, they have emphasized their views on how best to use libertarian principles to improve the lives of D.C. residents rather than focus on their sexual orientation during their respective campaigns.
Longtime gay Libertarian Party activist Martin Moulton is running a longshot race for mayor against Democratic incumbent Muriel Bowser. Bruce Majors, another longtime Libertarian activist, is running a similar uphill race for the D.C. Congressional Delegate seat held by Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Bowser, Mendelson, Racine, and Norton, who are considered odds-on favorites to win re-election, have longstanding records of strong support for LGBT rights. Ethan and Joe Henchman said they would be champions for LGBT equality if elected to office.
In a development that may surprise local political observers, the Henchmans said they are both supporting the most visible LGBT candidate running in Tuesday’s D.C. election, lesbian businesswoman Dionne Reeder. Reeder is running as an independent against incumbent at-large Council member Elissa Silverman, who’s also an independent.

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