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Victory Fund Endorses 36 More LGBTQ Candidates for 2018

Today we endorsed 36 more candidates for elected positions across the nation, bringing to 218 the total number of LGBTQ candidates endorsed this cycle — more than at any time in our 27-year history.

Among the endorsees is Brandon Woodard, who received a Spotlight endorsement in his race for the Kansas House of Representatives. With a victory in November, Brandon will become the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Kansas state legislature. He is facing Wendy Bingesser, who touts the endorsement of the anti-LGBTQ organization Family Policy Alliance of Kansas and supports allowing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex parents. Brandon is one of dozens of LGBTQ candidates facing anti-LGBTQ opponents in the general election.

“A rainbow wave is coming in November – with more LGBTQ candidates positioned to win historic races and high-level offices than at any other time in American history,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Importantly, voters are choosing LGBTQ candidates in red states and blue states not because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but because they are authentic candidates with positive and inclusive agendas. A surge in LGBTQ political power come November is critical not just because the LGBTQ community needs us, but because America needs us.”

Below are today’s 36 endorsed candidates. You can see all our candidates here.


Spotlight Candidate

Brandon Woodard, Kansas House of Representatives, District 30


Endorsed Candidates

James Aguilar, San Leandro (CA) Unified School District Governing Board, Area 6

Jason Andrean, DC State Board of Education, Ward 1

Jordan Brandman, Anaheim (CA) City Council, District 2

Lisa Bunker, New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 18

Marisabel Cabrera, Wisconsin State Assembly, District 9

Carlos Cardona, New Hampshire House of Representatives, Belknap 3

Jake Cunningham, Oakland County (MI) Circuit Court, District 6

Betsy Driver, Mayor of Flemington (NJ)

Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego (CA) Board of Supervisors, District 4

Laurie Farrow, Carroll County (AR) Justice of the Peace, District 3

Rochelle Galindo, Colorado House of Representatives, District 50

Brian Garcia, Tempe Union High School District Governing Board #213, At-Large

Sunday Gover, California State Assembly, District 77

Kathleen James, Vermont House of Representatives, District 4

Ben Ku, Gwinnett County (GA) Commissioner, District 2

Shawn Kumagai, Dublin (CA) City Council, At-Large

Bobby Levinski, Austin City Council, District 8

Richard Perque, Civil District Court Judge, Orleans Parish (LA), Division E

Lis Regula, Portage County (OH) Auditor

Rob Reneau, Peoria County (IL) Board Member, District 10

Katie Scott, Washtenaw County Commissioner (MI), District 9

Adam Spickler, Cabrillo (CA) College Trustee

Rachelanne Vander Werf, American River Flood Control District Trustee (CA)

Daniel Ward, Barnegat Township (NJ) Committee

Mitch Weber, Missouri House of Representatives, District 13

Tyller Williamson, Monterey (CA) City Council, At-Large


Endorsed Incumbent Candidates

Becca Balint, Vermont State Senate, Windham District

Harry Bronson, New York State Assembly, District 138

James Chang, Berkeley (CA) Rent Stabilization Board

John Gomez, Cartwright School District Governing Board (AZ)

Debbie Ingram, Vermont State Senate, Chittenden District

Miles Prince, San Gabriel Valley (CA) Municipal Water District, Division 4

Gabriel Quinto, El Cerrito City Council (CA)

Leonard Resto, Chatham Borough (NJ) Council

Marque Snow, Omaha (NE) Public School Board of Education, Subdistrict 2