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Victory Fund endorses 37 more LGBTQ candidates including trans man

LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, has endorsed 37 more out LGBTQ candidates.

Victory Fund has now endorsed 274 candidates running in the 2022 midterms.

Candidates endorsed today include Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who is running for the U.S. House in Oregon and would become the first out LGBTQ person ever elected to Congress from Oregon. She was given Game Changer candidate status.

Candidates given Spotlight status include Ben Chou who is running for Harris County Commission, Izzy Smith-Wade-El who is running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, LaWana Slack-Mayfield who is running for Charlotte City Council, Leigh Finke who is running for Minnesota House of Representatives, Liz Bennett who is running for the Iowa state Senate and Zelos Marchandt who is running for the Oregon House of Representatives and would be the first out trans man elected to a state legislature in U.S. history.

Trans man Zelos Marchandt is running for the Oregon House of Representatives

Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, released the following statement about the endorsements:

“In every corner of our country, LGBTQ leaders and community organizers are running to stand up for our community and enact good public policy grounded in equity and acceptance. We are proud to endorse these exceptional candidates who have answered the call to service, despite the barrage of anti-LGBTQ attacks. Their strength and resilience are already changing hearts and minds in communities across the country – we see it every day. This November will be one of the most high-stakes elections for the LGBTQ community. It’s time for us to solidify our political power, make our voices heard and shatter expectations.”

Here is the complete list of candidate endorsements:

Game Changer Endorsements

Jamie McLeod-Skinner (she/her)

U.S. House of Representatives, OR-05

Primary: 5/17/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Spotlight Endorsements

Ben Chou (he/him)

Harris County Commission, Precinct 4, TX

Runoff: 5/24/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Izzy Smith-Wade-El (he/him)

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 50

Primary: 5/17/2022

General: 11/8/2022

LaWana Slack-Mayfield (she/her)

Charlotte City Council, At-Large, NC

Primary: 5/17/2022

General: 7/26/2022

Leigh Finke (she/her)

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 66A

Primary: 8/9/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Liz Bennett (she/her)

Iowa State Senate, District 39

Primary: 6/7/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Zelos Marchandt (he/they)

Oregon House of Representatives, District 35

Primary: 5/17/2022

General: 11/8/2022

General Candidates

Allen Jones (he/him)

Athens-Clarke County Commission, District 7, GA

General: 5/24/2022

Alton Wang (he/him)

Pasadena City College Board of Trustees, Area 7, CA

General: 6/7/2022

Andy Nelson (he/him)

Montana House of Representatives, District 98

Primary: 6/7/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Anthony Vega (he/him)

Lake County Clerk, IL

Primary: 6/28/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Austin Frerick (he/him)

Iowa State Senate, District 37

Primary: 6/7/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Beach Pace (she/they)

Washington County Commissioner, At-Large (Chair), OR

Primary: 5/17/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Cole Buerger (he/him)

Colorado House of Representatives, District 57

Primary: 6/28/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Imani Barnes (she/her)

Georgia House of Representatives, District 86

Primary: 5/24/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Jason Lyon (he/him)

Pasadena City Council, District 7, CA

Primary: 6/7/2022

General: 11/8/2022

John Ehrlich (he/him)

Illinois Appellate Court, District 1

Primary: 6/28/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Josh Noblitt (he/him)

Georgia House of Representatives, District 62

Primary: 5/24/2022

Runoff: 6/21/2022

Justin Chenette (he/him)

York County Commission, District 3, ME

Primary: 6/14/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Kameron Nelson (he/him)

South Dakota House of Representatives, District 10

Primary: 6/7/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Kristin Savage (she/her)

Mount Holly Township Council, NJ

Primary: 6/7/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Nate Pelczar (he/him)

Sacramento City Council, District 1, CA

Primary: 6/7/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Nnedi Stephens (they/them)

Nevada State Senate, District 13

Primary: 6/14/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Rashaun Kemp (he/him)

Georgia House of Representatives, District 61

Primary: 5/24/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Rebecca Kaplan (she/they)

Alameda County Supervisor, District 3, CA

Primary: 6/7/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Ruby Dickson (she/her)

Colorado House of Representatives, District 37

Primary: 6/28/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Salah Czapary (he/him)

DC Council, Ward 1

Primary: 6/21/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Sergio Mojica (he/him)

Illinois House of Representatives, District 13

Primary: 6/28/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Summer Campbell (she/her)

Pulaski County Quorum Court, District 2, AR

Primary Election: 5/24/2022

General Election: 11/8/2022

Tony Simone (he/him)

New York State Assembly, District 75

Primary: 6/28/2022

General: 11/8/2022

V Fixmer-Oraiz (they/them)

Johnson County Board of Supervisors, At-Large, IA

Primary: 6/7/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Zachary Parker (he/him)

DC Council, Ward 5

Primary: 6/21/2022

General: 11/8/2022

General Incumbent Candidates

Brad Hoylman (he/him)

New York State Senate, District 30

Primary: 6/28/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Denise Davis (she/her)

Redlands City Council, District 1

General: 11/8/2022

Gerri Cannon (she/her)

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Strafford-18

Primary: 9/13/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Sarah Peake (she/her)

Massachusetts House of Representatives, 4th-Barnstable

Primary: 9/6/2022

General: 11/8/2022

Susan Ruiz (she/her)

Kansas House of Representatives, District 23

General: 11/8/2022

Torrey Harris (he/him)

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 91

Primary: 5/3/2022

General: 11/8/2022

LGMore information about all of Victory Fund’s endorsed candidates is available at victoryfund.org/ourcandidates.

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