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LPAC Adds Four New Candidates To Support in the Homestretch To November

Posted on: August 24th, 2018 by Team LPAC

LPAC ADDS FOUR NEW CANDIDATES TO SUPPORT IN THE HOMESTRETCH TO NOVEMBER

Washington, DC (August 23, 2018) — LPAC, the only organization devoted to building the political power of LGBTQ women, today adds four more candidates to its 2018 slate. These latest endorsements – for federal office representing New York, as well as local races in Washington State, Texas, and Pennsylvania – are key in our national goal of elevating women’s equality and social justice.

“It’s crunch time,” said LPAC executive director Stephanie Sandberg. “Now is when we must show up for our endorsed candidates who will push for women’s equality, social justice and the rights of the LGBTQ community in their effort to win in November. We at LPAC are happy to report that these leaders fit the bill, and we are excited to support them down the homestretch to Election Day.”

Find the rest of our endorsements at TeamLPAC.com.

Tracy Mitrano for US House of Representatives, New York’s 23rd District

Mitrano is a lifelong New Yorker, a lawyer, and holds a PhD in American History. An expert in cybersecurity – she spent 13 years as director of information technology policy at Cornell – Mitrano, an openly LGBTQ woman, is running on a platform that defends not only international digital security, but also women’s reproductive rights, healthcare access, and amending the Civil Rights Act to outlaw LGBTQ discrimination. LPAC voted to endorse Tracy Mitrano because her experience and her values align with our mission to uphold the rights of LGBTQ women.

Claire Wilson for Washington State Senate, 30th District

Wilson is a retired educator. She is currently serving board president on the Federal Way Public School Board, her second term there. Wilson is openly LGBTQ and her platform aligns with LPAC’s values. Her key campaign issues are ensuring schools are fully funded and effective, improving transportation infrastructure, and making healthcare more affordable. LPAC is thrilled to endorse a candidate who will push for the rights of all Washingtonians.

Julie Johnson for Texas State House of Representatives, 115th District

Openly LGBTQ attorney Julie Johnson is running for her first public office seat. Her platform is focused on equality, education, bail bond reform, and fair wages. Johnson, also endorsed by organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood of Texas, and and Victory Fund, is a top-notch candidate who will work for equality of opportunity for Texans. LPAC wholeheartedly endorses her candidacy.

Kristin Seale: Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 168th District

Kristin Seale is a school board director on the Rose Tree Media School Board, and a former employee of the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance, a state energy nonprofit. Openly queer, Seale’s platform is focused on single-payer healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, and workplace protections for LGBTQ people. She was a Bernie Sanders delegate at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Her values align with ours, and LPAC is proud to endorse her candidacy to represent Pennsylvania’s 168th district in the state’s House of Representatives.

 

About LPAC:

LPAC builds the political power of LGBTQ women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice. LPAC achieves its mission by increasing the political power and engagement of LGBTQ women and their allies.

For more information or to get involved with LPAC visit: www.teamlpac.com/get-involved.

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LPAC Announces 5 New Endorsements for Local Office as Primaries Approach

Posted on: July 26th, 2018 by teamlpac

LPAC ANNOUNCES 5 NEW ENDORSEMENTS FOR LOCAL OFFICE AS PRIMARIES APPROACH

Washington, DC (July 25, 2018) — LPAC, the only organization devoted to building the political power of LGBTQ women, announces its endorsement of five state-level candidates. These campaigns – in Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, and Florida – are key local efforts in our national goal of elevating women’s equality and social justice.

“Change starts at home, and these local races are crucial to putting LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights and social justice back where they belong: as goals to work toward, rather than targets in the crosshairs,” said LPAC executive director Stephanie Sandberg. “This slate of candidates would do just that, and we must all support them in any way we can.”
Find the rest of our endorsements at TeamLPAC.com.

Christine Hallquist for Governor of Vermont – Primary date: August 14
If Christine Hallquist triumphs over three other Democratic candidates in Vermont’s August 14 primary, the possibility of becoming the first-ever transgender governor is well in her sight. Hallquist is former CEO of Vermont Electric Coop, where she steered the business from the financial brink back onto stable footing. She is running on a platform that includes raising the minimum wage, protecting and expanding healthcare access, and achieving 90% renewable energy by 2050. LPAC is thrilled to endorse Hallquist in her quest to become the first transgender governor in the nation, single-handedly moving the nation further toward LGBTQ equality.

Christine Kilduff (Washington State Rep, 28th District) – Primary date: August 7
Christine Kilduff is running for a third term to represent Washington State’s 28th District in the state’s House of Representatives, where she serves as vice-chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee. An LPAC-supported candidate since her first election, Kilduff supports freezing college tuition, a bill of rights that protects college students from predatory loans, overall government transparency and accountability. She lives with her wife and two daughters in University Place, in Northwest Washington. LPAC is delighted to endorse Kilduff for a third term, because her re-election to the Washington State House will represent a (continued) strong voice for the LGBTQ community in the Legislature.

Maura Healey (Attorney General, Massachusetts) – Primary date: September 4
Maura Healey, the first openly gay attorney general, will face at least two GOP challengers in her bid for reelection to the role she first won in 2014. She pushes for Massachusetts residents’ access to healthcare, affordable energy, and community safety. Healey has been an LPAC endorsee since her first campaign, and LPAC is proud to once again endorse the first and only openly LGBTQ attorney general in the nation.

Julian Cyr (Massachusetts State Senate – Cape & Islands) – Primary date: September 4
Julian Cyr has been an LPAC-endorsed candidate since he was first elected to the state senate in 2016. He has been a strong supporter of LPAC since 2014, while serving as chairman of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth. Cyr holds chairmanships on the state’s Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, and the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development. LPAC wholeheartedly endorses Cyr for a second time so that his work in support of LGBTQ equality will continue in the state of Massachusetts.

Jennifer Webb (Florida State Representative, 69th District) – Primary date: August 28
Webb ran unsuccessfully against a GOP incumbent for the seat in 2016, but it’s now an open race, and the Democratic Party in Pinellas County has united behind her candidacy. Webb, an out lesbian, is running on a platform that emphasizes stable insurance markets, protecting the state’s endangered watercourses, and increasing mental health spending. LPAC is thrilled to endorse Jennifer’s candidacy as she runs a strong campaign to become the first openly queer woman in Florida’s state legislature.

About LPAC:

LPAC builds the political power of LGBTQ women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice. LPAC achieves its mission by increasing the political power and engagement of LGBTQ women and their allies.

For more information or to get involved with LPAC visit: www.teamlpac.com/get-involved.

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LPAC Endorses New Slate of Candidates

Posted on: July 9th, 2018 by teamlpac

LPAC ENDORSES NEW SLATE OF CANDIDATES FACING AUGUST PRIMARIES AS MIDTERM ELECTION CYCLE NEARS

SEVERAL LPAC-ENDORSED CANDIDATES VICTORIOUS IN PRIMARIES

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.

To book an interview or for more information, contact cathy@targetcue.com or press@teamlpac.com

About LPAC:

LPAC builds the political power of LGBTQ women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice. LPAC achieves its mission by increasing the political power and engagement of LGBTQ women and their allies.

For more information or to get involved with LPAC visit: www.teamlpac.com/get-involved.

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LESBIAN SUPER PAC (LPAC) ENDORSES MARIE NEWMAN IN HEATED ILLINOIS DISTRICT 3 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

Posted on: March 12th, 2018 by teamlpac

LESBIAN SUPER PAC (LPAC) ENDORSES MARIE NEWMAN IN HEATED ILLINOIS DISTRICT 3 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

Washington, DC (March 12, 2018) — LPAC, the country’s only lesbian political action committee, today announced its endorsement of Marie Newman for U.S. Congress, Illinois District 3.

“Marie Newman’s true progressive values make her a clear choice in this race,” said Ana Cruz, Board Member of LPAC. “Newman is in a race against an anti-choice, anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant opponent in the primary and it’s time District 3 has a progressive Democrat who values and represents a diverse constituency and an inclusive legislative agenda,” concluded Cruz.

“Marie Newman is on target on every progressive issue LPAC cares about – she is exactly the kind of candidate we need in 2018 and will provide much-needed progressive leadership in Congress,” said Urvashi Vaid, Interim Executive Director of LPAC. “Core issues from gun control to health care and civil rights will be front and center in the new Congress and it is time to get the country back on track,” concluded Vaid.

About Marie Newman

Newman founded a nonprofit group to address the issue of school bullying after one of her children was severely bullied. She expanded that nonprofit nationwide and eventually became the Managing Director of “Team Up to Stop Bullying,” a coalition of 70 nonprofits dedicated to anti-bullying solutions. In this capacity, she has worked directly with state and federal legislators to implement anti-bullying policies.

Newman has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, Feminist Majority, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro- Choice America, MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, Hispanic American Labor Council, National Nurses United, Gloria Steinem, American Women’s Party, Off the Sidelines, Reclaim Chicago, Illinois Federation of Teachers, US Congressman Luis Gutierrez, US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, US Congressman Ro Khanna, and other organizations.

Her opponent, Dan Lipinski, has a record of anti-choice, anti-LGBT, and anti-immigrant positions.

Like many running in this critical midterm election year and part of a surge of women running for office for the first time, Newman has never served in elected office. Her top priorities are working families and rebuilding the middle class, healthcare for all, and protecting and advancing the civil rights of women, LGBTQ communities and people of color. She also supports the following issues: affordable, quality healthcare, preserving the ACA including requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, supports passing Medicare for All, affordable childcare, protecting Planned Parenthood funding, fighting for climate change policies and supports common sense gun safety laws, among other issues.

For more information about Marie Newman, please visit: https://www.marienewmanforcongress.com/

About LPAC

LPAC builds the political power of lesbians and queer women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice. LPAC achieves its mission by increasing the political power and engagement of LGBTQ women and their allies, and building a network of lesbians and queer women who take political action.

For more information or to get involved with LPAC visit: www.teamlpac.com/get-involved.

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LESBIAN SUPER PAC (LPAC) ENDORSES KEY CANDIDATES IN ARIZONA, FLORIDA AND TEXAS

Posted on: February 13th, 2018 by teamlpac

LESBIAN SUPER PAC (LPAC) ENDORSES KEY CANDIDATES IN
ARIZONA, FLORIDA AND TEXAS

Candidates Kyrsten Sinema for US Senate- AZ, Lauren Baer for US Representative- FL and Fran Watson for Texas State Senate Garner Financial, Campaign Support from LPAC

Washington, DC (February 12, 2018) — LPAC, the country’s only lesbian political action committee, today announces a new round of endorsements, including Kyrsten Sinema for U.S. Senate in Arizona, Lauren Baer for U.S. Representative in Florida District 18 and Fran Watson for Texas State Senate District 17. Earlier this year LPAC endorsed four candidates at state and local levels and will continue to roll out endorsements in this critical midterm election year.

“We are thrilled to continue to endorse and support more highly qualified, viable progressive candidates like these,” said Laura Ricketts, LPAC’s Board Chair. “More women and progressive, candidates continue to step up to the plate and we will work to provide as much support as possible,” continued Ricketts. “It is time to take back the seats now held by governors, senators, members of congress and others at the national, state and local levels who continue to marginalize immigrants, women, LGBTQ people and communities of color – we must stop the assault on civil rights and civil liberties this nation is facing,” continued Ricketts.

“LPAC is proud to endorse Kyrsten Sinema, Lauren Baer and Fran Watson. These women will be our advocates and champions when we need them most and will fight for what’s right and never back down,” said LPAC Political Strategy Chair Ana Cruz. “We are committed to electing candidates who will stand up for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, human rights, dreamers, immigrants and all Americans,” concluded Cruz.

More information about the candidates:

Kyrsten Sinema for U.S. Senate – Arizona: Sinema is running for the U.S. Senate for Arizona and was the first openly bisexual person to be elected to Congress. Sinema has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, Human Rights Campaign, End Citizens United, DSCC, Victory Fund, Run With Pride as well as current and former congressmen, mayors, county officials, state representatives, state senators and a number of local representatives. Congresswoman Sinema served in the Arizona State House from 2004 to 2010 and the Arizona State Senate from 2011-2012. She served in the US House of Representatives from 2013 to present. Sinema’s priorities are focused on fixing the broken Washington political system, ensuring Arizonans’ veterans get the care they need and deserve, and ensuring every hardworking Arizonan gets a shot at the American dream.

Lauren Baer for U.S. Representative in Florida District 18: Like so many women this year, Baer has never run for office. Her top priorities are economic prosperity for all, environmental protection and smart foreign policy. She supports job skills training, fiscal responsibility, and equitable tax reform, equal pay for equal work, workplace and employment non-discrimination including the LGBTQ community, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, preserving the social safety net provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, access to affordable healthcare (supports ACA) and other progressive issues. She served as a political appointee in the Obama administration from 2011 to 2017 as a senior advisor to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as well as to the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. She has been endorsed by the Victory Fund and the Equality PAC. She is on the New Dem PAC Candidate Watch List. Baer is an out lesbian who lives with her wife and newborn daughter.

Fran Watson for Texas State Senate – District 17: While Texas District 17 is usually a Republican district, the demographics of the area are shifting. A successful attorney, Watson would be first openly LGBTQ candidate elected to state’s upper chamber. Watson is a native Houstonian married her wife, Kim Atkins, in 2013. Watson appears to have the edge in her primary as well as the ability to mobilize young, energetic voters. Watson was recently featured in OutSmart magazine which featured her as one of a historic number of out LGBTQ candidates running for office in Texas. Her inspirational personal story is one of resilience and commitment to be of service to all her potential constituents.

About LPAC

LPAC builds the political power of lesbians and queer women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice. LPAC achieves its mission by increasing the political power and engagement of LGBTQ women and their allies, and building a network of lesbians and queer women who take political action.

For more information or to get involved go to www.teamlpac.com/get-involved.

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LPAC Announces First Endorsements In Critical 2018 Midterm Election Year

Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 by teamlpac

LPAC Announces First Endorsements In Critical 2018 Midterm Election Year

Candidates In Minnesota, Michigan, California and Oregon
Garner Financial, Campaign Support from Lesbian Political Action Committee

Washington, DC (January 22, 2018) — LPAC, the national lesbian political organization and political action committee (PAC), today announced its first 2018 endorsement and support of the following candidates: Angie Craig, US Representative – Minnesota District 2, Kate Brown, Governor – Oregon, Dana Nessel, Attorney General – Michigan and Joy Silver, State Senate – California District 28. LPAC will provide technical support and financial support to campaigns as appropriate.

“We are thrilled to support these candidates as this critical midterm election year begins. Starting now, we must organize to elect as many progressive candidates as we can to resist the Trump Administration’s hostile, anti-woman, racist, and anti-LGBTQ agenda. All of these candidates merit our support and LPAC will do all it can to make a difference in their races,” said Urvashi Vaid, Interim Executive Director of LPAC.

LPAC supports Dana Nessel because she is a champion of women’s rights, LGBT equality, civil rights and social justice. Michigan needs more statewide leaders who are willing to represent all their constituents and we believe that Nessel will be an open, inclusive, fair and effective advocate for the people of this great state.

Nessel has been endorsed by a diverse cross-section of community leaders and organizations including the Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon, Young Democrats of Michigan, the Progressive Democratic the Women’s Caucus of Muskegon County, The Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, and Detroit Crime Commission Deputy Director Ellis Stafford.

LPAC is also proud to join other organizations that have endorsed Angie Craig, including Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, End Citizens United, Equality PAC, EMILY’s List, Ironworkers Local 512, International Association of Machinists District 77, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82, League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and United Steel Workers. Craig is a strong contender against her pro-Trump rival. With a community coalition effort, she will prevail.

Kate Brown is running for re-election as Governor of Oregon, is an out bisexual woman and is the only openly LGBTQ governor in the country. Brown has strong support from a diverse coalition in her state, including Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon, Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, Emily’s List, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council, Oregon School Employees Association, Oregon AFSCME and Oregon League of Conservation Voters have endorsed Brown. Gov. Brown is running unopposed as the incumbent and is well positioned to win the general election.

Finally, LPAC is thrilled to endorse Joy Silver, a successful small business owner and out lesbian living in Palm Springs and challenging incumbent Jeff Stone for California State Senate, District 28. Silver has the strong support of a diverse coalition in her state district including US Representative Raul Ruiz, former US Senator Barbara Boxer, California Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus, Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO of San Bernardino/Riverside Counties, Democratic Women of the Desert and many more.

About LPAC
LPAC builds the political power of lesbians and queer women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice.
LPAC achieves its mission by increasing the political power and engagement of LGBTQ women and their allies, and building a network of lesbians and queer women who take political action.

For more information go to www.teamlpac.com.

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