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Gay Politicshttp://www.gaypolitics.com/2013/10/22/victory-fund-announces-2013-10-races-to-watch/ The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year.
Examiner.com: David Pierce, who has been a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives since 2006, was victorious in his Democratic primary for state senate on Sept. 11th and became the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the state senate as a freshman . . . The Victory Fund also celebrated the victory of out gay Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, who sealed the nomination for another term for reelection to Congress and two LGBT candidates in Delaware. Andrew Staton and Marie Mayor both took steps in becoming Deleware’s first out LGBT legislators . . .
MSNBC Video: MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts talks to Denis Dison of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, about the emergence of more LGBT candidates for political office, and how that could impact efforts to marriage equality.
His statistical analysis, published by Georgetown University Press last year, found that as more members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community were elected to a state’s legislature, the number of pro-LGBT bills introduced and adopted rose.
Lexington Herald-Leader: “Matthew Vanderpool, an openly gay candidate for a state House seat in Fayette County, has decided not to accept or pursue about $15,000 in campaign funds from [the Victory Fund] that provides financial and campaign support to gay and lesbian political candidates. … ‘I have no “gay agenda.” My goal is to serve the people in the House District 45 without prejudice, arbitrarily dismissing no one because of their race, sex, nation, origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, political party affiliation, personal or professional beliefs.’”
Gay Politics: “The Victory Fund has endorsed three non-incumbent gay candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives this year. If all three win, they would double the number of out members of Congress, joining incumbent Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Jared Polis, D-Colo, each of whom are also endorsed by the Victory Fund in their campaigns for reelection. It’s the group’s largest-ever slate of federal candidates.”
GayPolitics.com: “The group [The Victory Fund], which endorses openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) candidates, endorsed a slate of 79 contenders for 2009 races, a new record for a non-federal election year. Of those, 49 won their races outright and six are still unfinished. Thirteen additional openly gay candidates also won Tuesday.”
GayPolitics.com: “Six more openly LGBT Democrats are on track to join the 447-member Democratic National Committee as at-large members, including two Victory Fund-endorsed elected officials and two other individuals affliated with the Victory Fund and Leadership Institute.”
GayPolitics.com carries this statement by Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of the Victory Fund: . . . For more than a year we have coordinated the LGBT community’s Presidential Appointments Project. At the helm of the Project, Mark Perriello spent …