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Stein Club Fielding Forum Questions

LGBT Democratic club culling questions from Facebook and Twitter for candidates in April 23 D.C. special election

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club is now accepting your questions.

In a recent email blast, the Stein Club, among D.C.’s most prominent local political clubs, announced it is accepting questions to ask five Democratic candidates vying for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council in an April 23 special election to fill the seat of Phil Mendelson (D), who now serves as D.C. Council chairman. The question the club receives will be used to guide a Stein endorsement forum set for Thursday, March 21.

The Democratic candidates include former independent Councilmember Michael A. Brown, who lost his re-election bid last November; Councilmember Anita Bonds (D-At Large), who was voted by the Democratic State Committee to temporarily fill the seat left open by Mendelson; former Washington Post and Washington City Paper reporter Elissa Silverman; ANC 3E Commmissioner Matthew Frumin; and Paul Zukerberg, an attorney whose platform includes decriminalization of marijuana.

Stein asked members to submit their questions to the club’s Facebook page or via Twitter using the hash tag ”#SteinQ.” Questions will be accepted through tomorrow, March 15, at which point Stein’s executive board will determine whether to extend the period for open questions, according to Stein’s vice president for political affairs and Endorsement Committee co-chair, Angela Peoples.

”Our goal is to get more people excited about this election and about the opportunity to make their voices heard by participating in a forum to endorse a candidate,” Peoples said.

Those interested in submitting questions can also send them via email to .

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club endorsement forum is Thursday, March 21, starting at 7 p.m., at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C., 474 Ridge St. NW. For more information, visit

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at