Victory Fund Endorses Additional 21 LGBTQ Candidates

Victory Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CONTACT: Elliot Imse, Director of Communications, [email protected]

166 LGBTQ candidates endorsed by Victory Fund this election cycle

Washington, DC – Today Victory Fund, the nation’s only organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed 21 LGBTQ candidates from across the nation. Victory Fund has endorsed 166 candidates this election cycle from all levels of government – including school boards, state legislatures and the U.S. Congress.

“Our latest slate of endorsed candidates are qualified and viable leaders who will champion LGBTQ equality, while also addressing the issues most important to their constituents,” said Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills. “LGBTQ elected officials move equality forward by humanizing our lives and influencing their colleagues, so it is critical we elect these leaders up and down the ballot in November.”

Endorsed Candidates

Rachael Booth, New Hampshire House of Representatives, District 15

Greg Ford, Wake County Commission, District 6 (NC)

Sue Fulton, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders (NJ)

Kathy Gillespie, Washington House of Representatives, District 18 (WA)

Grace Hanlon, New York State Supreme Court, 8th Judicial District

Joe Huftel, Wisconsin State Assembly, District 75

Thomas Lister-Looker, Palm Springs Unified School District (CA)

Jason Morgan, Washtenaw County Commission, District 8 (MI)

Bao Nguyen, US House of Representatives (CA-46)

Samuel Park, Georgia House of Representatives, District 101

Alex Randolph, San Francisco Community College Board Trustee (CA)

Richard Renner, Pioneer Township Supervisor (MI)

Marti Smith, Jefferson County Commissioner, District 1 (CO)

Paul Southwick, Oregon House of Representatives, District 37

Les Zendle, Director, Desert Healthcare District, Palm Springs (CA)

Billie Joe Wright, Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Trustees, Trustee Area 1 (CA)

Endorsed Incumbents

Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Council, District 11 (2017 election cycle)

Ed Butler, New Hampshire State House, District 7

Chris Clark, Mountain View City Council (CA)

Cathy Connolly, Wyoming State House, District 13

Gary Miller, Roseville City School Board (CA)

Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.


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The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government.