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Victory Fund Endorses Lupe Valdez for Governor

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The LGBTQ Victory Fund, led by former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, has endorsed Lupe Valdez for Texas governor.

Valdez, the out lesbian former Dallas County sheriff who was the top vote-getter in the March 6 Democratic primary, faces Houston businessman Andrew White in a May 22 runoff. The winner, of course, will take on incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott in November.

Valdez is one of nine current Texas candidates endorsed by the Victory Fund.  The other are Gina Ortiz Jones, Julie Johnson, Mary Gonzalez, Steven Kirkland, Jim Kovach, Beau Miller, Jerry Simoneaux, and Fran Watson.

The Victory Fund-endorsed candidates are among a record 50 openly LGBTQ candidates in Texas this year.

Check out our April issue for a preview of the Victory Fund’s upcoming Houston Champagne Brunch, and read the group’s full news release below.

LGBTQ Victory Fund Endorses 14 More LGBTQ Candidates for 2018, Including Lupe Valdez for Texas Governor

Openly gay candidate David Ermold also received Victory Fund’s endorsement; will face notorious anti-LGBTQ county clerk Kim Davis

Washington, DC –  Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed 14 more candidates from across the nation who can help transform the political landscape in 2018. Texas gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez was awarded Game Changer status – a designation given to high-profile federal or statewide races that can have an outsized impact on equality. If Valdez wins her runoff in May, she will face incumbent Governor Greg Abbott, a staunch opponent of equal rights for LGBTQ people.

Also endorsed was David Ermold, who will face anti-LGBTQ county clerk Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky. Davis received international attention when she refused to provide same-sex couples with marriage licenses in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. Ermold was one of the people denied a marriage license by Davis.

Twelve additional candidates in state and local races received endorsements – having demonstrated to Victory Fund both their viability and their commitment to pushing for LGBTQ equality once in office.

“We have an unprecedented number of LGBTQ people running for office this cycle – some running races to become historic firsts and others running to take out anti-LGBTQ incumbents and be champions for all their constituents,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “These 14 candidates are values-driven leaders who are committed to equality, but are equally determined to fight for the bread and butter issues important to their communities. We have the opportunity to dramatically increase LGBTQ representation in local governments, state legislatures and the governors’ mansions, so Victory Fund is all-in to ensure our endorsed candidates win on Election Day.”

The complete list of today’s endorsements is below.

Game Changer Endorsement

Lupe Valdez, Governor of Texas

Endorsed Candidates

Dana Beyer, Maryland Senate, District 18

Cecil Brockman, North Carolina House of Representatives, District 60

David Ermold, Clerk, Rowan County (KY)

Malcolm Kenyatta, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 181

Ricardo Lara, California Insurance Commissioner

Felicia Stewart, Alabama House of Representatives, District 46

Alex Valdez, Colorado House of Representatives, District 5

Jennifer Webb, Florida House of Representatives, District 69

Ricardo White, Michigan House of Representatives, District 6

Endorsed Incumbent Candidates

Steve Glassman (retroactive endorsement), Fort Lauderdale City Commission, District 2

Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General

Daniel Hernandez, Arizona House of Representatives, District 2

Brian Sims, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 182

This is the fifth round of endorsements by Victory Fund for the 2018 election cycle. All 74 openly LGBTQ endorsed candidates can be seen at victoryfund.org/ourcandidates.

Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.

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John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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