LPAC, the country’s first and only lesbian political action committee, watched history made as out lesbian Jenny Durkan decisively won her bid for Mayor of Seattle. Durkan joins other LPAC endorsed candidates in this cycle’s election who were victorious in New Jersey and Virginia as leaders committed to advancing LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice.
“In this election, lesbian, transgender, people of color and progressive candidates won huge victories, and LPAC salutes all our partners in progressive organizations across the country and the local activists who made these gains possible,” said Urvashi Vaid, Interim Executive Director of LPAC. “Durkan is the first female mayor in Seattle since 1926 and one of few out lesbian majors of a major American city. Her historic win, and the election of many other great leaders across the country, will transform the character and content of political leadership.”
“These victories happened because of organizing, coalition work, grassroots volunteers, turnout by voters of color, the engagement of young voters and a united effort by diverse progressive voters to repudiate the divisive, reactionary politics of the Trump administration and those who espoused them,” concluded Vaid.
“LPAC is thrilled that candidates we endorsed, will now be in a leadership positions across this country. More than ever, with the current political climate and challenges to the rights of the LGBTQ community, women and other marginalized groups, we need diverse, progressive and fair-minded politicians fighting for us,” said LPAC Political Strategy Chair Ana Cruz. “These candidates will be our advocates and champions when we need them most, especially as we approach another critical election cycle in 2018,” concluded Cruz.
Other LPAC endorsed candidates who won their election include:
Phil Murphy, for Governor of New Jersey: The former Ambassador to Germany, Murphy came to LPAC’s New Jersey event and pledged he will champion progressive values and women’s and LGBTQ equality.
Dr. Dawn Adams, VA House of Delegates, District 68: Dr. Adams is a nurse practitioner and has a doctorate degree in nursing. She has worked with the Virginia General Assembly as an advocate and advisor on healthcare. She is openly gay and lives with her partner of 15 years.
Danica Roem, VA House of Delegates, District 13: A journalist and news reporter who was born and raised in Manassas, Roem will be the first transgender elected official in Virginia.
Donte Tanner, VA House of Delegates, District 40: Tanner is an Air Force veteran and small business owner. Tanner’s top priorities are increasing access to healthcare, protecting a woman’s right to choose and make her own healthcare choices, and ending gerrymandering.
Elizabeth Guzman, VA House of Delegates, District 31: A public administrator and a social worker, Guzman is an immigrant from Peru who came to the US as a single mother looking for a better future for her oldest daughter. Her top priorities include affordable healthcare, protecting equality for women and the LGBT community, and transportation issues.
Jennifer Carroll Foy, VA House of Delegates, District 2: Foy is a woman of color who graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. She enrolled in only the third class of female cadets to attend the historically all-male college.
Kelly Fowler, VA House of Delegates, District 21: Fowler ran against an anti-choice opponent with a long history of also opposing LGBTQ and immigration rights. Her top priorities include increased funding for public schools, sensible gun policy, and strong protections against anti-LGBTQ discrimination in schools and by employers.