LPAC Endorses New Slate of Candidates

LPAC Endorses New Slate of Candidates

Posted on: July 9th, 2018 by teamlpac



Washington, DC (July 9, 2018) — LPAC, the only organization building the political power of LGBTQ women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ and women’s equality and social justice, today announced several new endorsements on the heels of several successful primary campaigns by previously endorsed candidates. As August primaries approach and the critical midterm elections loom, these additional endorsements, paired with a renewed effort focused on key races, will be the focus of LPAC’s efforts in the coming months.

“We are encouraged by the recent successes of our endorsed candidates but there is so much more work to do between now and November, with the August primaries first and foremost,” said Stephanie Sandberg, LPAC’s Executive Director. “It is time to raise more money, get out the vote and engage local communities in these historic elections,” continued Sandberg. “With the recent resignation of Justice Kennedy, and continued attacks on LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights and social justice there is more at stake than ever.”

Newly endorsed candidates with August primaries include:

Donna Shalala, US Rep. FL-27: Donna Shalala is running for US Congress for FL District 27 to replace retiring Rep. Ros-Lehtinen. Her primary is August 28th. Shalala has worked with several Democratic White House’s, first under President Carter as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the HUD. She was also appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the Secretary for HHS. After working in the Clinton Administration, Shalala served as the President of the University of Miami. In 2008, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush. Most recently, Shalala served as President of the Clinton Foundation.

Sharice Davids, US Rep. KS-3: Davids is running for US Congress for KS District 3. Her primary is August 7, 2018. Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a Native American tribe in Wisconsin. She has lived and worked on Native American reservations, working with tribes to create economic development opportunities, programs, and initiatives. Davids, along with her brother, created Starty Pants – a video podcast that highlights entrepreneurs in the Greater Kansas City area with a focus on women, people of color, and LGBTQ founders. She has been endorsed by the Run with Pride and Chris Haulmark who dropped out of the Democratic Primary. Moms Demand Action awarded her the Moms Demand Action Gun SensCandidate distinction for her stance on common sense gun reform. Davids is an out lesbian.

The following endorsed candidates are still in their respective races, having won their primaries, in several cases making history:

Jamie McLeod-Skinner, US Rep. OR-2: McLeod-Skinner is running for US Congress for OR District 2 after a victory in her May 15 primary. McLeod-Skinner served two four-year terms in the Santa Clara, CA City Council leading the passage of anti-discrimination ordinances. McLeod-Skinner is an out lesbian and served in the Santa Clara, CA City Council as an out lesbian. She has been endorsed by Oregon Education Association, Working Families Party, American Women’s Party, the Vocal Seniority, Run with Pride as well as elected officials including Talent Mayor Darby Ayers-Flood and multiple city council members.

Stacey Abrams, Georgia Governor: Abrams is running for Governor of Georgia after a victory in her May 22 primary. Abrams was first elected in 2006 to the Georgia State House, HD-89 in Atlanta. Abrams was elected Minority Leader in 2010 where she served as the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly as well as the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. If elected, she would be the first woman and first African American to be elected governor in Georgia. NARAL Pro-Choice America, Emily’s List, Democracy for America, MoveOn.org, Collective PAC, Working Families Party, Daily Kos, Higher Heights, Let America Vote, Mijente, AFL-CIO, GA State Building Trades, IBEW, IUOE, IUPAT, IBT, UFCW, RWDSU, AFSCME have endorsed Abrams. She has also been endorsed by Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. David Scott, Minister & Activist Dr. Joseph Lowery, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Sen. Cory Brooker, Sen. Chris Coons, Rep. Marica Fudge, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Terri Sewell, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Ruben Gallego, MO Secretary of State Jason Kander, Wendy Davis, Nina Turner, Vernon Jordan, and over 200 local elected officials.

Lupe Valdez, Texas Governor: Valdez is running for Governor of Texas after a victory in her May 22 primary win and has already made history in her career as a Latina out lesbian. Valdez was first elected as the county sheriff for Dallas County in 2004 where she served until her resignation in December of 2017 to run for governor. While serving as Sheriff, Valdez was the only Latina Sheriff in the US and one of very view openly LGBTQ people serving in public office. Prior to serving as Dallas County Sheriff, Valdez served in the US Army reaching the rank of captain. She also worked as a federal agent. She was the daughter of migrant farmworkers and the youngest of ten children. If elected, she would be the first Latina and first out lesbian governor of Texas.

Nickie Antonio, OH State Senate: Antonio is running for Ohio State Senate in District 23 after a victory in her May 8 primary. Rep. Antonio currently serves as the Ohio State Rep. for District 13 and has served in this position since 2010. She is currently the Democratic Whip and serves as ranking minority member on several committees Rep. Antonio is an out lesbian. She and her wife have two daughters and has previously been endorsed by the Victory Fund, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, NARAL Pro-choice Ohio, Emily’s List, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, Black Women’s Political Action Committee, CAMEO, Americans for Democratic Action among many others.

Mary Washington, MD State Senate (apparent winner): Washington is running for Maryland State Senate in District 43, part of Baltimore County, after a victory in her June 26 primary. Washington is currently a Delegate in the Maryland House. She is the first and only out LGBT African-American in the Maryland General Assembly and if elected she would be the first and only out LGBT African-American in the Maryland Senate. She served as the first director of the Baltimore City Housing Department’s CitiStat program, the Associate Director of the Parks & People Foundation among other service-oriented leadership positions prior to public service. She is an out lesbian.

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