Washington, DC – Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed nine new openly LGBTQ candidates for the 2019 election cycle. Among the endorsees is Memphis City Council candidate Davin Clemons, who will become the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the city council if he wins. Alejandra St. Guillen and Helene Vincent, both running for Boston City Council, would be the first openly LGBTQ women elected to that city council and the first out LGBTQ people to serve on the council since the early 1990s. St. Guillen would also be the first Latina on the council.
“No level of government impacts the daily lives of residents more than local government – with responsibilities ranging from trash collection to easing traffic congestion to civil rights enforcement,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “We have historic opportunities to elect LGBTQ city council candidates in Memphis, Boston and other cities across the country this cycle. When we elect them, their voices will change the conversation from being about us, to being with us – and that is how equality advances.”
A complete list of candidate endorsements announced today is below:
Alejandra St. Guillen, Boston City Council, At-Large
Hélène Vincent, Boston City Council, District 8
Justin Carroll, Town of Clinton (NY), Justice Court
Davin Clemons, Memphis (TN) City Council
Bobby McDowall, Mogadore (OH) Village Council
Mark Sickles, Virginia House of Delegates, District 43
Jim Carruthers, Mayor of Traverse City (MI)
Patrick Wojahn, Mayor of College Park (MD)
Michael Warren, Rochelle Park (NJ) Township Committee
This is Victory Fund’s seventh round of endorsements for the 2019 election cycle. The organization has now endorsed 107 openly LGBTQ candidates across the country.
More information about the candidates is available at victoryfund.org/ourcandidates. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.
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LGBTQ 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.