Reaction from the Goshen Republican and Democratic camps to the news that Republican City Council District 5 candidate Brent Randall maintains an active profile on a gay dating website was a mix of surprise and support Friday, with representatives from both parties noting that they feel such news should not affect his bid for the council seat.
A prominent public personality, Randall serves as the radio voice for Goshen High School football and basketball on ElkhartCountySports.com, head Goshen High School boys golf coach and relationship development manager at Eby Ford Lincoln in Goshen. He is currently running against Democrat Adam Scharf for Goshen’s District 5 City Council seat.
“He is the same person today as he was yesterday and is the right person to serve on City Council representing District 5,” said Goshen Republican mayoral candidate Mary Cripe Friday afternoon. “We are deeply saddened to see someone’s private personal life be exposed, by no choice of his own, for what can only appear to be political motivations. His entire life is turned upside down. Our only hope is that this is not some type of political tactic by the opposing party, as we all signed the Fair Campaign Pledge.”
The profile page was brought to The Goshen News’ attention this week independent of either political party, according to Goshen News Managing Editor Michael Wanbaugh.
Randall, 53, confirmed during an interview with The News Wednesday that the profile page on the website Adam4Adam was created and maintained by him.
Throughout his campaign, Randall has walked his party’s line in voicing his opposition to adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the city’s civil rights ordinance, noting that he feels members of the LGBT community are currently protected under existing law and an amendment is not needed locally. His opponent, Scharf, has voiced strong support for such added protections for the city’s LGBT community.
In his interview with The News Wednesday, Randall confirmed that his views regarding a potential civil rights ordinance amendment for the city have not changed.
“I still believe in my heart of hearts,” he said, “that our gay and lesbian communities are protected currently under the law.”