Today we announced our endorsement of 25 additional openly LGBTQ candidates for in key state and local races for the 2020 election cycle. Among the endorsees are 12 state legislative candidates – some taking on anti-LGBTQ incumbents and others who will become historic firsts if elected.
Ryan Holmquist, Roger Montoya and Summer Wesley – running for Kansas House of Representatives, New Mexico House of Representatives and Oklahoma House of Representatives, respectively – would all take seats currently held by anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice incumbents. Abigail Medina, running for California state Senate, would join previously endorsed Victory Fund candidate Susan Talamantes Eggman in becoming the first two out LGBTQ women of color in that chamber.
This latest slate brings Victory Fund’s endorsements to 211 for the 2020 election cycle. Victory Fund expects to endorse more than 300 candidates this year – the most in its 29-year history.
“Although campaign strategies have been upended by the pandemic facing the United States and the world, an unprecedented number of LGBTQ candidates are running for office and the opportunities to influence our nation’s politics are plenty,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “LGBTQ candidates are running for state legislative seats in red states like Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas and will replace anti-LGBTQ incumbents if elected. LGBTQ state legislative candidates can determine control of chambers – including the Texas state House – and play an influential role in redistricting that will impact our nation in the decade ahead. We can elect more openly LGBTQ elected officials in 2020 than ever before, and if successful, our country will be better off for it.”
Meet our newest 2020 candidates below, follow their campaigns on social media and chip in what you can!
- Rhode Island State SenateRhode IslandSam defeated a long-time anti-LGBT incumbent in the September primary
- National City CouncilNational City, CaliforniaMarcus will be the first openly bisexual elected official in San Diego County
- New Mexico District AttorneyNew MexicoMary will be an important LGBTQ voice in New Mexico's criminal justice system
- Montgomery County Clerk of CourtsOhioZach will be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Montgomery County government
- Beaverton City CouncilBeaverton, OregonJohn will be the first openly LGBTQ member to the Beaverton City Council
- Kansas House of RepresentativesSalina, KansasRyan will be the third openly LGBTQ state legislator in Kansas
- Utah County CommissionUtahNathan is one of seven LGBTQ leaders in Utah
- New Mexico State SenateNew MexicoLeo will add LGBTQ representation to the New Mexico State Senate
- Bismarck City CommissionBismarck, North DakotaBrandi will be the first openly LGBTQ mother and veteran elected to public office in North Dakota
- Lexington-Fayette Urban County CouncilKentuckyColby will be one of just two openly LGBTQ members of the Council
- Missouri House of RepresentativesMissouriAshley is the only openly LGBTQ woman in the Missouri General Assembly
- GA State RepresentativeAtlanta, GeorgiaJosh will be the first openly gay black man elected to the Georgia state legislature
- California State SenateCaliforniaAbigail will be one of just two openly LGBTQ Latinas in the California state legislature
- Massachusetts House of RepresentativesBoston, MassachusettsJordan will be the youngest openly LGBTQ member of the Massachusetts General Court
- New Mexico House of RepresentativesNew MexicoRoger will be the first openly LGBTQ member of the New Mexico State House
- Texas State Board of EducationTexasMichelle will be the first openly LGBTQ member to the Texas State Board of Education
- Springfield City CouncilSpringfield, OregonKori will be the first LGBTQ member to the Springfield City Council
- Mayor of SomersetSomerset, MarylandJeffrey will continue bringing LGBTQ representation in local Montgomery County government
- Sparks City CouncilSparks, NevadaWendy will be the first openly LGBTQ member of Sparks City Council
- Washoe County School Board TrusteeNevadaKurt will be the first LGBTQ member of the Washoe County School Board
- Oklahoma House of RepresentativesOklahomaSummer will be a leading voice for equality in the Oklahoma State House