LPAC Announces Slate of 2017 Endorsements

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LPAC Announces Slate of 2017 Endorsements

Posted on: October 25th, 2017 by teamlpac


Washington, DC (October 24, 2017) — LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, today announced its endorsement of seven candidates running for office this November. These women and men, several of them openly LGBTQ, are committed to advancing the causes of LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice in a climate fraught with immense challenges. These endorsements were unanimously approved by the LPAC Board of Directors.

“Across Virginia and New Jersey, these seven candidates are standing up for women and LGBTQ constituents,” said Urvashi Vaid, Interim Executive Director of LPAC. “We are proud to endorse these candidates, whose victories would be a vital step towards advancing leadership at the state level that is willing to champion equal rights for women and LGBTQ people.”

The candidates include:

  • Phil Murphy, for Governor of New Jersey: The former Ambassador to Germany, Murphy is committed to restoring New Jersey’s place as a state that stands for progressive values and is a strong champion of women’s and LGBTQ equality.
  • Dr. Dawn Adams, VA House of Delegates, District 68: Dr. Adams is a nurse practitioner and has a doctorate degree in nursing. She has worked with the Virginia General Assembly as an advocate and advisor on healthcare. She is openly gay and lives with her partner of 15 years.
  • Danica Roem, VA House of Delegates, District 13: A journalist and news reporter who was born and raised in Manassas, Roem would be the first transgender elected official in Virginia.
  • Donte Tanner, VA House of Delegates, District 40: Tanner is an Air Force veteran and small business owner. Tanner’s top priorities are increasing access to healthcare, protecting a woman’s right to choose and make her own healthcare choices, and ending gerrymandering.
  • Elizabeth Guzman, VA House of Delegates, District 31: A public administrator and a social worker, Guzman is an immigrant from Peru who came to the US as a single mother looking for a better future for her oldest daughter. Her top priorities include affordable healthcare, protecting equality for women and the LGBT community, and transportation issues.
  • Jennifer Carroll Foy, VA House of Delegates, District 2: Foy is a woman of color who graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. She enrolled in only the third class of female cadets to attend the historically all-male college.
  • Kelly Fowler, VA House of Delegates, District 21: Fowler is running against an anti-choice opponent with a long history of also opposing LGBTQ and immigration rights. Her top priorities include increased funding for public schools, sensible gun policy, and strong protections against anti-LGBTQ discrimination in schools and by employers.

About LPAC
LPAC is a national lesbian political action committee that supports candidates who champion LGBTQ equality, women’s rights and social justice. Founded in 2012, LPAC strives to engage LGBTQ women to be involved in electoral politics at every level, and to have a real and meaningful seat at political tables.

For more information go to www.teamlpac.com.


LPAC Names Urvashi Vaid as Interim Executive Director, Search Initiated for New Executive Director

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by teamlpac


Washington, DC (October 11, 2017) — LPAC, founded in 2012 as the first lesbian Political Action Committee, announced today that Urvashi Vaid, longtime attorney and organizer in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and social justice movements, will serve as the organization’s Interim Executive Director as the search for a permanent Executive Director begins.

Vaid has held senior executive positions at the Arcus Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. She is CEO of The Vaid Group a social innovation firm focused on strategies to advance equity and justice, and is a founder of LPAC. Vaid began her part-time duties on September 5 and joins LPAC Political and Operations Associate Erica Benjamin on the LPAC staff.

“We are very pleased to have Urvashi as our interim leader, with all her expertise, insuring continuity for LPAC over the next few months, while we search for and find our new leader,” said Laura Ricketts, LPAC Board Chair.

A Board search committee has been formed and is chaired by LPAC San Francisco based Board member Joyce Newstat, a long-time political activist and leader in the LGBT movement. The search process and timeline will be announced later this year.

“Our new Executive Director will lead LPAC at a critically important time for the LGBT community, women and all those impacted by the hostile political climate in Washington, D.C. and across the nation,” said Joyce Newstat. “As we approach the 2018 mid-term elections and beyond, LPAC must grow and be even more engaged in supporting progressive candidates who advance our core values of LGBT equality, women’s rights, and gender, social and racial justice.”

LPAC is the national lesbian political organization fighting for LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and gender, racial and economic justice. LPAC builds political action community for LGBTQ women and our allies and works to elect candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s and gender equality, and social justice.

For more information go to www.teamlpac.com.