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Victory Fund endorses 14 more LGBTQ candidates in local races across the nation

Above: Liliana Bakhtiari, who is running to become the first queer Muslim woman ever elected in the U.S.

Victory Fund just endorsed 14 more incredible LGBTQ candidates in local races. We are working tirelessly to increase the number of LGBTQ elected officials in state and local governments – particularly in states with low levels of equality and little LGBTQ representation.

Among the newly endorsed candidates is Atlanta City Council candidate Liliana Bakhtiari, who would become the first openly LGBTQ Iranian-American to win elected office in the U.S. Also endorsed is Cincinnati Board of Education candidate Ryan Messer, who would become its first openly LGBTQ parent if elected.

Our newly endorsed candidates are:

Vernetta Alston, Durham City Council, Ward 3 (OH)

Liliana Bakhtiari, Atlanta City Council, District 5 (GA)

Guyleen Castriotta, Broomfield City Council, Ward 5 (CO)

Dean Dafis, Maplewood Township Committee (NJ)

Paul Durham, Tucson City Council, Ward 3 (AZ)

Renee Hevia, Cincinnati Board of Education (OH)

Christy Holstege, Palm Springs City Council, At-large (CA)

Nathan Jeffries, Spokane County Water District 3, Position 2 (WA)

Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro (NC)

Josh McNair, Fulton County Commission, District 4 (GA)

Ryan Messer, Cincinnati Board of Education (OH)

Matthew Miller, Newton School Committee, Ward 8 (MA)

Ryan Richman, Manchester Board of Aldermen, Ward 2 (NH)

Karen Stegman, Chapel Hill Town Council, At-large (NC)