Queering DC’s ANCs

Representation Matters

This November, DC voters will head to the polls and elect 345 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners (ANC). Each ANC member serves a two-year term and represents about 2,000 DC residents. It’s been reported that only 10 of DC’s 34 known out LGBTQ ANC members are running for re-election, and no candidates are running in 56 single-member districts

In 2019, LGBTQ+ ANC members formed the Rainbow Caucus to address issues impacting LGBTQ residents of the District of Columbia. The Rainbow Caucus was instrumental in urging the DC Council to ban panic defense and advocating for significant city investments in LGBTQ-related programs.

LGBTQ+ representation in the nation’s capital, the most LGBTQ city in the country per capita, is now more important than ever to build on decades of progress. Get involved today! Below are some resources for active ANC candidates and interested candidates. If you have any questions, please email political@victoryfund.org.

Please join Victory Fund, Capital Stonewall Democrats & Greater Greater Washington for a two-hour training on Saturday, October 8th from 10:00am-12:00pm to learn more about the ANC role and how to run a winning campaign. RSVP with Cesar Toledo at Cesar.Toledo@victoryfund.org or the button below.

Victory Fund has endorsed 27 ANC candidates this cycle. Learn more about them here: victoryfund.org/our-candidates

Already running for ANC? Please let us know and apply for Victory Fund’s endorsement below.

Interested in running to represent our LGBTQ Community?
While the filing deadline to run for an ANC position has passed, you can still consider launching a write-in campaign. 56 single-member districts have no candidates on the ballot this November. Gayborhoods with no candidates include Adams Morgan and Logan Circle. To find your district and see who is running, please visit OpenANC and DC Board of Elections ANC. See the map of the districts with no candidates from OpenANC below. 

Running as a write-in candidate
You’d need to submit an affirmation form to the DC Board of Elections and request a list of voters for your ANC district using this form and emailing to candidate@dcboe.org. The Board of Elections will also provide an information packet. 

Next, you’ll need to quickly develop a campaign plan and budget that centers on three neighborhood issues. Please note that you may accept up to $25 per person in campaign donations and will need to report your contributions and expenses to the Office of Campaign Finance.

In order to win a write-in campaign, you will need to win a plurality of voters in your ANC district write in your name correctly.