The Agenda

Victory Candidates Competing in Final Primaries of 2014

As the 2014 primary season comes to a close, today’s contest feature 18 candidates competing in 5 Northeastern states: Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Delaware. Be sure to follow all the action once polls close tonight at our Election Center liveblog.

Massachusetts

Maura Healey – Attorney General: Maura Healey is a seven year veteran of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she served as an architect of the state’s landmark challenge to DOMA. Healey now runs for a bid to become the first openly LGBT Attorney General.

Steve Kerrigan – Lieutenant Governor: Steve Kerrigan has been a proven leader in Massachusetts government for nearly 20 years. If elected Kerrigan will be the first openly LGBT candidate elected to the position of Lt Governor in the country.

Richard Tisei – U.S. House of Representatives, District 6: As a fighter for equality, Tisei worked with MassEquality and pro-marriage legislators to help gain votes in support of marriage. Today, Tisei runs to provide the LGBT community in Massachusetts with further representation in the U.S. Congress.

Eileen Duff – Governor’s Council, District 5: Currently, Eileen Duff is the highest-elected out official in Massachusetts as the representative for District 5 in the Massachusetts Governor’s Council. Today she runs for the Democratic nomination to continue that LGBT representation.

Stan Rosenberg – State Senate, Hampshire and Franklin District: Stan Rosenberg runs to continue his representation of Franklin County, Massachusetts in the State Senate. If elected, Rosenberg will continue to be a leader in the Massachusetts legislature for the LGBT community.

Denise Andrews – State House of Representatives, District 2, Franklin: Denise Andrews currently serves as State Representative for District 2 in Massachusetts and today runs to continue that representation and to be an important voice for the LGBT community in Massachusetts.

Shawn Allyn – District Attorney, Hampden County: Shawn Allyn runs for District Attorney in Hampden County, Massachusetts. If elected, Shawn would be a powerful LGBT voice to his constituents in Hampden County.

New Hampshire

Dan Innis – U.S. House of Representatives, District 1: The former Dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, Dan Innis now runs to give the LGBT community a strong voice in the Republican Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives for New Hampshire.

Linda Tanner – State Senate, District 8: Linda Tanner, who is currently serving in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, hopes to gain the democratic nomination for the State Senate, where she could become the first openly lesbian candidate to be elected to the position.

Chris Pappas – Executive Council: In his first term on the New Hampshire Executive Council Chris Pappas proved himself as a strong advocate for LGBT issues.  If re-elected he will continue to provide representation for the LGBT community as a dedicated public servant.

Rhode Island

Frank Ferri – Lieutenant Governor: A Rhode Island native, Frank Ferri was the first openly gay candidate elected to the RI State House in 2007. Today, Ferri runs for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor. If elected Ferri would be the first openly LGBT candidate elected to the position of Lt Governor in the country.

David Cicilline – U.S. House of Representatives, District 1: Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, David Cicilline became the fourth openly LGBT member of Congress. Today he runs for the Democratic nomination to continue that LGBT representation.

Donna Nesselbush – State Senate, District 15: Today, Donna Nesselbush bids for the Democratic nomination to represent District 15 in the Rhode Island State Senate.

Deb Ruggiero – State House of Representatives, District 74: Deb Ruggiero runs to continue her representation of District 74 in the Rhode Island State House. If elected, she will continue to provide a proud LGBT voice in Rhode Island.

New York

Brad Hoylman – State Senate, District 27: Brad Hoylman runs for reelection to the New York State Senate, where he will continue to be a fierce advocate for LGBT citizens in District 27 of New York.

Matthew Titone – State Assembly, District 61: If reelected, Matthew Titone will continue to be a champion for District 61 and the LGBT community.

William Hanauer – Mayor, Ossining: William Hanauer runs for reelection as Mayor of Ossining, New York. Hanauer has overseen a great deal of development in Ossining and if reelected will continue to be a great LGBT face in the community.

Delaware

Claire Snyder-Hall – State Senate, District 6: If elected, Claire Snyder-Hall of Rehoboth Beach will be the second openly LGBT candidate to serve in the Delaware legislature.

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