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Adjusting to Campaigning During a Pandemic, Hundreds of LGBTQ Candidates Win

Charmaine McGuffey on the campaign trail during the pandemic. She became the first out LGBTQ sherriff of Hamilton County, Ohio.
Charmaine McGuffey on the campaign trail during the pandemic. She became the first out LGBTQ sherriff of Hamilton County, Ohio.

No political campaign was unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which was widespread in the United States by early 2020. In March, most campaigns transitioned to operate fully online, as in-person events and door-to-door campaigning had become increasingly unviable options. From the earliest stages of the lockdown, Victory Fund moved major fundraisers online and began a series of live interviews on social media that went on to feature 70 endorsed candidates over the course of the cycle. Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, more than 1000 LGBTQ people ran throughout 2020 and 336 won their races -- both historic numbers. When the 2020 winners took office, there were at least 985 out LGBTQ elected officials serving nationwide.

Pete Buttigieg Wins Iowa Presidential Primary Caucus

Victory Fund President & CEO Annise Parker stands with Pete Buttigieg as Victory Fund announces its endorsement of Buttigieg in New York City on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in June 2019. It was Victory Fund's first endors
Victory Fund President & CEO Annise Parker stands with Pete Buttigieg as Victory Fund announces its endorsement of Buttigieg in New York City on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in June 2019. It was Victory Fund's first endors

In the nearly two-and-a-half centuries of the history of the United States, no major party has ever nominated an out LGBTQ candidate to lead a presidential ticket. In 2020, the Democratic Party came closer than ever to shattering the ultimate lavender ceiling.  

That a little-known, 38 year-old mayor from a mid-sized Indiana town became the first gay candidate to win the Iowa caucus could seem to some like a miraculous spoof. But that interpretation of events ignores the grueling – yet characteristically joyful – work to organize a national voting base for Buttigieg and elevate his candidacy to the front of a crowded and experienced field.

Victory Fund’s history with Buttigieg traces to 2015, when it connected ahead of Buttigieg coming out to his constituents in a South Bend newspaper editorial. Victory Fund supported him for reelection, which he won in a landslide, and boosted him during his upshot bid for chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2017. Bolstering his national profile was a 2016 New York Times column by Frank Bruni that openly questioned whether Buttigieg would be America’s first out president as well as a shout-out by President Barack Obama in a New Yorker interview. In January 2019, when the South Bend mayor announced he was running for president, for the first time, there was the possibility that the LGBTQ community could finally put some cracks in that lavender ceiling.

It would take a few months of hard work before Buttigieg earned the Victory Fund endorsement, which was announced in the summer of 2019 and timed with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. By this time, the Pete for America organization was a fundraising success story, Buttigieg and his husband Chasten’s profiles were on the rise in the national media and the campaign had attracted a growing band of enthusiastic supporters spread across 50 states. Victory Fund was the first national group to endorse the Pete for America campaign and raised nearly $2million in direct contributions for America’s first viable out candidate for president.

A series of masterful debate performances helped widen the reach of Buttigieg’s campaign organization, which was known as one of the 2020 cycle’s most innovative, digital-first campaigns. By January 2020, Buttigieg was polling in third or fourth place in several polls of Iowa caucus-goers. It would be the Iowa caucus that catapulted Buttigieg into becoming an undeniable contender, coming in first place in the delegate count in Iowa, the nation’s first party nominating contest. The Iowa caucuses were defined by a chaotic app rollout, resulting in a three-day delay in official results and the resignation of the chair of the Iowa Democrats. With no clear winner at that point, both Buttigieg and opponent Bernie Sanders claimed victory. (While Buttigieg ultimately received two more delegates than Sanders, Sanders won a plurality of the raw vote of Iowa caucus-goers.) The delay in reporting dampened the campaign’s momentum, led to backlash to the campaign’s early claim of victory and further divided factions of the Democratic party.

“Pete’s victory is a transformational moment in American history, upending traditional notions of electability and proving America is ready to elect its first openly gay president,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, after the Iowa victory. “Just twelve years ago, no serious contender for the presidency publicly supported the right of LGBTQ people to marry. LGBTQ people were effectively banned from the military. But Monday night, Iowa decided Pete is the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump and lead our country into a new decade, a powerful statement of our nation’s progress.”

Those hopes would prove short-lived however, as Buttigieg ultimately made the decision to drop out of the presidential contest following a less-than-desirable performance in the New Hampshire primary, emphasizing the need to consolidate around the candidacy of former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of Super Tuesday. At this point, the field had significantly narrowed, with Biden and Sanders emerging as the most likely to emerge with the Democratic nomination.

Though Buttigieg didn’t shatter the glass ceiling in 2020, his campaign had a lasting impact on the political self-determination of the LGBTQ community.

“Pete’s candidacy represents a revolution in American politics, forever transforming what is possible for an LGBTQ candidate and making clear America will elect an openly LGBTQ president.” - Annise Parker, President & CEO, LGBTQ Victory Fund


First Black Out LGBTQ Members of Congress Elected in New York

Congressional candidate Mondaire Jones on the campaign trail.
Congressional candidate Mondaire Jones on the campaign trail.

Nine LGBTQ candidates won their races for the U.S. Congress — including all seven incumbents — the most ever in an election cycle. But it was New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones who grabbed most the headlines, with Torres becoming the first LGBTQ Afro-Latinx member of the U.S. House and Jones joining him as the first out LGBTQ Black members.

Victory Fund jumped into the New York Congressional races early, endorsing Torres for the NY-15 seat in July 2019 and Jones for NY-17 in October 2019.

Then New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres attending a parade in 2019.

While Jones had a more typical primary season, Torres' was unusual. Despite dozens of candidates in the race, polls consistently showed Torres and fellow City Councilmember Rubén Díaz Sr. way ahead of the others. Díaz was an anti-LGBTQ extremist candidate who long advocated against marriage equality and other LGBTQ rights issues, yet he remained neck-and-neck with Torres in the liberal district because of his name recognition and the split vote amongst progressives in the race. As the primary approached, Victory Fund rallied groups to attack Díaz and raise awareness about his anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion stances. The coalition included Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Latino Victory Fund, the Human Rights Campaign and others. And in the final weeks before the primary, Victory Fund organized Equality PAC and Stonewall Democrats of NYC to join in calling for candidates with single-digit support to drop out and unite behind Torres. In the final days, support for Torres accelerated, and slipped for Díaz.

On Election Day, both Jones and Torres pulled off victories, making history and national headlines.

"I hope I can represent the possibility that a poor kid, a kid of color, a LGBTQ kid from a place like the Bronx, can overcome the odds and become a member of the United States Congress. - Ritchie Torres

Trans and Non-Binary Candidates Break New Ground

Sarah McBride on Election Day
Sarah McBride on Election Day

In the three years since Danica Roem’s historic victory in 2017, in which she unseated a 24-year incumbent and became Virginia’s first out transgender state legislator, three other transgender women also won elections to become state legislators: Lisa Bunker and Geri Cannon of New Hampshire and Briana Titone of Colorado.

The 2020 elections doubled the number of out transgender legislators -- from four to eight. Sarah McBride of Delaware became the country's first out trans state senator and Stephanie Byers became the first out trans person of color ever elected to a state legislature. Taylor Small became the first out trans person elected to Vermont’s state legislature and Stacie Laughton was elected to the New Hampshire state House, the third out trans person to do so in New Hampshire. Mauree Turner also became the first out non-binary person to win a state legislative seat, with a victory in her race for the Oklahoma state House.

Local trans and non-binary candidates also made gains, with historic firsts in Arkansas, Illinois and West Virginia.

Stephanie Byers, who was also the first out trans person elected to the Kansas state legislature, appeared in a documentary in the Witchita Eagle:

Minneapolis Leaders Stand With Black Lives

Black LGBTQ elected officials took center stage as protesters around the country demanded an end to white supremacy and police brutality following the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins – the first out trans woman elected to a major city's council -- represented the district where George Floyd was killed. In television interviews and at protests in her home city, Jenkins became a conscience for the nation, saying his death “was a symbol for a knee on the neck of black America.” Minneapolis City Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham -- the first out trans man elected to a major city council -- also played a leading role in the city's response to the killing.

In May 2020, Maryland state Senator Mary Washington moderated a conversation with congressional candidates Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres about the necessary response to white supremacy and police violence on Victory Fund’s Facebook Live:

Election Day 2020 Boasts Historic Victories for Queer People of Color and Women

Florida state Representative Shevrin Jones won his race for the Florida state Senate in 2020.
Florida state Representative Shevrin Jones won his race for the Florida state Senate in 2020.

Many states elected historic out LGBTQ leaders to their state legislatures in 2020 – victories expected to shift the landscape for LGBTQ rights in those states for years to come.

There were groundbreaking victories for LGBTQ people of color, with LGBTQ state legislators of color increasing by 33 percent in 2020, from 42 to 56. Jabari Brisport won a New York state Senate seat to become the first out LGBTQ person of color elected to the New York state legislature. Tiara Mack became the first out LGBTQ Black member of the Rhode Island state Senate and Florida state Representative Shevrin Jones the first out LGBTQ Florida state senator. Alex Lee and David Oritz both became the first out bisexual members of their state legislators, in California and Colorado, respectively. Adrian Tam also won his race against an anti-LGBTQ and white supremacist challenger, becoming the only person currently serving in the Hawaii state legislature.

Alex Lee shortly after winning his race for the California state Assembly.

Victories for women-identified state legislators made women the majority of LGBTQ state legislators nationwide — 92 of the 178 serving. Jess Benham became the first out LGBTQ woman elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature and one of the few out autistic people ever elected to a state legislature in the U.S. Kim Jackson became the first out LGBTQ person elected to the Georgia state Senate and Michele Rayner the first Black out LGBTQ woman elected to the Florida state legislature.

Michelle Rayner takes the oath of office after her historic 2020 victory for the Florida state House.

Both Delaware and Tennessee elected out LGBTQ state legislators for the first time. Sarah McBride and Marie Pinkney became the first state senators in Delaware and Eric Morrison its first state representative. In Tennessee, both Torrey Harris and Eddie Mannis won seats in the state House.


Sean Patrick Maloney Named DCCC Chair

Sean Patrick Maloney at VI Pride event on the Hill
Sean Patrick Maloney at VI Pride event on the Hill

In 2012, LGBTQ Victory Fund candidate Sean Patrick Maloney made history as New York’s first out member of Congress as well as the first gay dad to serve in federal office. After the 2020 elections, Maloney made history again when his colleagues elected him to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee through the upcoming 2022 election cycle. He’s the first out LGBTQ official to ever lead an arm of a major party in the U.S.

Anti-LGBTQ Attacks on Candidates Increase After Years of Decline

As long as LGBTQ people have been running for office, enemies of the community have attempted to weaponize these candidates’ identities against them. Far too many of these attempts have successfully derailed the campaigns of qualified candidates.

In recent years, with the rising visibility and acceptance of gays and lesbians – and to a lesser degree, transgender and bisexual individuals – LGBTQ Victory Fund had seen a decline in anti-LGBTQ campaign tactics proportional to the number of endorsed candidates. In the 2020 election cycle, that trend ended, with a notable increase in attacks.

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic campaign tactics took different forms that range from insinuations to outright defamation – all based in destructive stereotypes about LGBTQ people. In 2020, opponents of LGBTQ candidates publicly sensationalized candidates’ dating lives, pushed wild homophobic tropes about pedophilia and drug use, and attacked candidates’ support for trans equality. The offenders included behemoths like the Republican National Campaign Committee – which invested millions of dollars in anti-LGBTQ attacks ads targeting LGBTQ candidates – but also state-based political organizations and online hate groups like QAnon. Notably, several anti-LGBTQ smear campaigns took place in Democratic primaries.

No category of public office was spared. Legislative candidates around the country who were targeted simply for being LGBTQ include Florida state Senate candidate Shevrin Jones, whose primary opponent issued a robocall that emphasized his sexuality and implied he had HIV. In Illinois, Ken Mejia-Beal’s GOP opponent was caught warning a potential donor about the dangers of electing a Black, gay man to represent her moderate district. California Senator Scott Wiener faced coordinated attacks by QAnon adherents over his support for a bill that would equalize penalties for LGBTQ people committing certain crimes. In Colorado, Brianna Titone faced a particularly brutal transphobic attack ad that deliberately mischaracterized a police interaction.

Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Christy Holstege faced biphobic attacks from within the LGBTQ community in her reelection bid, with members of the public baselessly accusing her of lying about her sexuality. Todd Gloria, who won his election to be San Diego’s first out LGBTQ mayor, was attacked for his support of Wiener’s crime bill, with local media twisting the intent of the bill and his political opponents piling on.  

For LGBTQ candidates for Congress running in 2020, the homophobic attacks came with six-figure ad buys. Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23) was singled out by the powerful NRCC for being a lesbian and supporting transgender rights. Alex Morse faced a last-minute effort by the Massachusetts College Democrats (whose leadership was aligned with Alex’s primary opponent) to derail his campaign through baseless allegations of misconduct, for which he was later absolved. In Michigan, District 6 candidate Jon Hoadley faced six-figures in attack ads that labeled him a sexual predator, stringing together out-of-context quotes from a decade-old blog of Hoadley’s to completely distort their original intent. All three of these candidates lost their races.


The wave of attacks led Victory Fund to double down on its candidate resources, supporting dozens of LGBTQ candidates with rapid response and fundraising efforts.

LGBTQ Victory Fund Endorsed Candidates in 2020

Wins

Adrian Tam, Hawaii House of Representatives, HI

Adriann Barboa, Bernalillo County Commission, NM

Alberto Gimenez, San Juan Municipality Legislator, PR

Alex Lee, California State Assembly, CA

Alex Valdez, Colorado House of Representatives, CO

Alicia Mousseau, Vice President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, SD

Allison Dahle, North Carolina House of Representatives, NC

Allister Chang, DC State Board of Education, DC

Amani Johnson, Southfield School Board, MI

Andrés Cano, Arizona House of Representatives, AZ

Angie Craig, US House of Representatives, MN

Ann Johnson, Texas House of Representatives, TX

Arlando Teller, Arizona House of Representatives, AZ

Armando Montero, Tempe Union High School District Governing Board, AZ,

Ashley Manlove, Missouri House of Representatives, MO

Austin Quinn-Davidson, Anchorage Assembly Member, AK

Barb Wood, Maine House of Representatives, ME

Becca Balint, Vermont State Senate, VT

Benjamin Reynolds, Johnson City Village Board, NY

Bevan Dufty, Bay Area Rapid Transit, CA

Bill Lippert, Vermont House of Representatives, VT

Brad Hoylman, New York State Senate, NY

Brad O'Conner, Ypsilanti Township Park Commission, MI

Brandon Woodard, Kansas House of Representatives, KS

Brett Blomme, Milwaukee County,WI

Brian Sims, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, PA

Brianna Titone, Colorado House of Representatives, CO

Brittney Barreras, New Mexico House of Representatives, NM

Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House of Representatives, FL

Carrie Hamblen, New Mexico State Senate, NM

Cathy Connolly, Wyoming House of Representatives, WY

Cecelia Gonzalez, Nevada State Assembly, NV

Celia Israel, Texas House of Representatives, TX

Cesar Chavez, Arizona House of Representatives, AZ

Chad Banks, Wyoming House of Representatives, WY

Charmaine McGuffey, Hamilton County Sheriff , OH

Chris Hillmann, Hasbrouck Heights Council, NJ

Chris Pappas, US House of Representatives, NH

Chris Schwartz, County Supervisor-Black Hawk County, IA

Christopher Constant, Anchorage Assembly Member, AK

Christopher Ward, California State Assembly, CA

Christy Gilbert , Palm Springs City Council, CA

Cody Thompson, West Virginia House of Delegates, WV

Cori Schumacher, Carlsbad City Council, CA

Dallas Harris, Nevada State Senate, NV

Dan Zwonitzer, Wyoming House of Representatives, WY

Daneya Esgar, Colorado House of Representatives, CO

Daniel Corona, Mayor of West Wendover, NV

Daniel Hernández, Arizona House of Representatives, AZ

Daniel McDow, West Melbourne City Council, FL

Daniel O'Donnell, New York State Assembly, NY

Danielle Newbury, City of Rahway City Council, NJ

Dave Coulter, Oakland County Executive, MI

David Cicilline, US House of Representatives, RI

David Ortiz, Colorado House of Representatives, CO

David Vela, Los Angeles Community College District Board, CA

Dean Dafis, Maplewood Township Committee, NJ

Dean Trantalis, Mayor of Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Deb Butler, North Carolina House of Representatives, NC

Deborah Ruggiero, Rhode Island House of Representatives, RI

Devin Murphy, Pinole City Council, CA

Devon Reese, Reno City Council, NV

Dominick Moreno, Colorado State Senate, CO

Edward Zipprich, Red Bank Borough Council, NJ

Eileen Duff, Massachusetts Governor’s Executive Council, MA

Elias Diaz, Eagle Pass City Council, TX

Elizabeth Stefanics, New Mexico State Senate, NM

Eric Morrison, Delaware House of Representatives, DE

Erin Zwiener, Texas House of Representatives, TX

Ethan Sweep, Town of Berwyn Heights Council, MD

Evan Low, California State Assembly, CA

Evelyn Rios Stafford, Washington County , AR

Felix Rivera, Anchorage Municipal Assembly, AK

Fellicia Agrelius, Marin Board of Education, CA

G. Helen Whitener, Supreme Court Justice , WA

Gerri Cannon, New Hampshire House of Representatives, NH

Greg Harris, Illinois House of Representatives, IL

Greg Razer, Missouri State Senate, MO

Greta Neubauer, Wisconsin State Assembly, WI

Harry Bronson, New York State Assembly, NY

Israel Ramon, Milwaukee County , WI

J.C. Romero, Orleans Parish School Board, LA

Jabari Brisport, New York State Senate, NY

Jack Patrick Lewis, Massachusetts House of Representatives, MA

James Coleman, South San Francisco , CA

Janelle Kellman, Sausalito City Council, CA

Janelle Sarauw, U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature, VI

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Buncombe County Commission, NC

Jason Morgan, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, MI

Jeffrey Mackey, Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division, OH

Jeffrey Slavin, Mayor of Somerset, MD

Jennifer Smith, Criminal Court Division IV, TN

Jessica Benham, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, PA

Jessica Gonzalez , Texas House of Representatives, TX

Jill Rose Quinn, Circuit Court Judge of , IL

Jo Comerford, Massachusetts State Senate, MA

Jocasta Zamarripa, Milwaukee Common Council, WI

John Bauters, Emeryville City Councilmember, CA

John Laird, California State Senate, CA

John McCrostie, Idaho House of Representatives, ID

John Strand, Fargo City Commission, ND

Jorge Emmanuel Baez-Pagan, Puerto Rico House of Representatives, PR

Josh Blanchard, Summit County Commissioner, CO

Joshua Boschee, North Dakota House of Representatives, ND

Joshua Query, New Hampshire House of Representatives, NH

Julian Cyr, Massachusetts State Senate, MA

Julie Johnson, Texas House of Representatives, TX

Karin Power, Oregon House of Representatives, OR

Karla Drenner, Georgia House of Representatives, GA

Kate Bishop, Chula Vista Elementary , CA

Kate Lieber , Oregon State Senate, OR

Kate Scott, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, MI

Kathleen James, Vermont House of Representatives, VT

Kelli Johnson, 178th Criminal District Court, TX

Kelly Cassidy, Illinois House of Representatives, IL

Kevin Hayakawa, Walnut Valley Water District Board of Directors, CA

Kim Abbott, Montana State House, MT

Kim Jackson, Georgia State Senate, GA

Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney, TX

Kori Rodley, Springfield City Council, OR

Kristin Graziano, Sheriff of Charleston County, SC

Kurt Thigpen, Washoe County School , NV

Kyle Bailey, Maine House of Representatives, ME

Lamont Robinson, Illinois House of Representatives, IL

Laurie Jinkins, Washington House of Representatives, WA

Laurie Osher, Maine House of Representatives, ME

Lee Snodgrass, Wisconsin State Assembly, WI

Leo Jaramillo, New Mexico State Senate, NM

Leonard Resto, Chatham Borough Council, NJ

Les Zendle, Desert Healthcare , CA

Leslie Herod, Colorado House of Representatives, CO

Levander "Van" , Circuit Court of Cook County, IL

Lisa Bunker, New Hampshire House of Representatives, NH

Lisa Middleton, Palm Springs City Council, CA

Lisa Schultz, New Mexico Third Judicial District Court, NM

Liz Bennett, Iowa House of Representatives, IA

Liz Sheehan, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, KY

Lois Reckitt, Maine House of Representatives, ME

Malcolm Kenyatta, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, PA

Marcia Morey, North Carolina House of Representatives, NC

Marco Giron, Miami-Dade County Community Council, FL

Marcus Bush, National City Council, CA

Marie Pinkney, Delaware State Senate, DE

Mario Trujillo, Downey City Council, CA

Marisabel Cabrera, Wisconsin State Assembly, WI

Mark Pocan, US House of Representatives, WI

Mark Spreitzer, Wisconsin State Assembly, WI

Mark Takano, US House of Representatives, CA

Marvin Lim, Georgia House of Representatives , GA

Mary Catherine, Circuit Court of Cook County, IL

Mary Elias, Santa Fe District Attorney, NM

Mary Gonzalez, Texas House of Representatives, TX

Matthew Heinz, Pima County Board of Supervisors, AZ

Matthew Sparks, Oakland Park City Commission, FL

Matthew Taylor, Sunnyside Unified School Board, AZ

Matthew Wilson, Georgia House of Representatives, GA

Mauree Turner, Oklahoma House of Representatives , OK

Max Prestigiacomo, Madison Common Council, WI

Melissa Shuen-Mallory, New Haven School Board, CA

Michael Forti, Cook County Circuit Court Judge, IL

Michele Rayner, Florida House of Representatives, FL

Mondaire Jones, US House of Representatives, NY

Natalie Higgins, Massachusetts House of Representatives, MA

Nicole Macri, Washington House of Representatives, WA

Park Cannon, Georgia House of Representatives, GA

Pat Spearman, Nevada State Senate, NV

Paty Baca, 346th District Court, TX

Peter Yacobellis, Montclair Town Council, NJ

Raghib Allie-Brennan, Connecticut House of Representatives, CT

Ralph Galvan, Valley County Water District, CA

Ravi Grivois-Shah, Tuscon Unified School District, AZ

Rebecca Kislak, Rhode Island House of Representatives, RI

Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, New Hampshire State Senate , NH

Rebecca Saltzman, BART Board, CA

Rene Spring, Morgan Hill City Council, CA

Renitta Shannon, Georgia House of Representatives, GA

Richard Renner, Pioneer Township Supervisor, MI

Ritchie Torres, U.S. House of Representatives, NY

Rob Nosse, Oregon House of Representatives, OR

Robert Meza, Arizona House of Representatives, AZ

Roger Montoya, New Mexico House of Representatives, NM

Rosemary Ketchum, Wheeling City Council, WV

Ryan Fecteau, Maine House of Representatives, ME

Ryan Mello, Pierce County Council, WA

Sabrina Cervantes, California State Assembly, CA

Sam Bell, Rhode Island State Senate, RI

Sam Park, Georgia House of Representatives, GA

Samuel Yingling, Illinois House of Representatives, IL

Sandra Kurt, Summit County Clerk of Courts, OH

Sarah McBride, Delaware State Senate, DE

Sasha Perez, Alhambra City Council, CA

Scott Dibble, Minnesota State Senate, MN

Scott Wiener, California State Senate, CA

Sean Patrick Maloney, US House of Representatives, NY

Selena Alvarenga, District Court Judge, TX

Shanell Williams, San Francisco City College Board of Trustees, CA

Sharice Davids, US House of Representatives, KS

Shevrin Jones, Florida State Senate, FL

Sonya Jaquez Lewis, Colorado State Senate, CO

Stephanie Byers, Kansas House of Representatives, KS

Steven Glassman, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner, FL

Susan Ruiz, Kansas House of Representatives, KS

Susan Talamantes Eggman, California State Senate, CA

Tara Clark Newberry, District Court, Department 21, NV

Taylor Small, Vermont House of Representatives, VT

Teri Johnston, Mayor of Key West, FL

Terra Lawson-Remer, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, CA

Terry Taplin, Berkeley City Council, CA

Tiara Mack, Rhode Island State Senate, RI

Timothy Sweeney, Bristol Town Council, RI

Tina Kotek, Oregon House of Representatives, OR

Tippi McCullough, Arkansas House of Representatives, AR

Todd Gloria, Mayor of San Diego, CA

Tom Osina, Manassas City Council, VA

Tom Temprano, San Francisco Community College Board, CA

Toni Atkins, California State Senate President pro Tempore , CA

Tony Navarrete, Arizona State Senate, AZ

Torrey Harris, Tennessee House of Representatives, TN

Travis Radina, Ann Arbor City Council , MI

Val Laymon, McLean County Board, IL

Vernetta Alston, North Carolina House of Representatives, NC

Losses

Abigail Medina, California State Senate, CA

Akil Patterson, Baltimore City Council, MD

Alex Morse, US House of Representatives, MA

Alex Wan, Georgia House of Representatives, GA

Alexander Kithes, Woonsocket City Council, RI

Alexander Padro, DC Council, DC

Alexis Rodgers, Mayor of Richmond, VA

Allison Ikley-Freeman, Oklahoma State Senate, OK

Amanda Estep-Burton, West Virginia House of Delegates, WV

Andi Overton , Mayor of Hagerstown, MD

Ashley Klein, Indiana House of Representatives, IN

Audra Killingsworth, Wake County Board of Commissioners, NC

Beau Simon, Broward County Soil & , FL

Benjamin Fong, AC Transit Board of Directors, CA

Beth Doglio, US House of Representatives, WA

Brad Trowbridge, Circuit Court of Cook County, IL

Brandi Jude, Bismarck City Commission, ND

Brandon Currin, Ingham County Board of Commissioners, MI

Brandon Thomas, Tennessee House of Representatives, TN

Brendan Johnson, Michigan House of Representatives, MI

Brett Burman, Pennsylvania State Senate, PA

Bryan Anderson, Connecticut House of Representatives, CT

Bryce Bennett, Montana Secretary of State, MT

Bryce Stack, New Hampshire State House, NH

C.J. Petersen, Iowa State Senate, IA

Carolyn Wysinger, West Contra Costa Unified School Board Trustee, CA

Casey Clowes, Tempe City Council, AZ

Chad Klitzman, Broward County Supervisor of Elections, FL

Chelsey Branham, Oklahoma House of Representatives, OK

Chris Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, CA

Chris Walton, Wisconsin State Assembly, WI

Christa Mimms, Minneapolis School Board, MN

Colby Khoshreza, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council , KY

Colton Myers, Washington House of Representatives, WA

Craig Covey, Stark County Treasurer, OH

Curt Thompson, Gwinnett County , GA

Dan Arriola, Mayor of Tracy, CA

Dan Baer, U.S. Senate, CO

Dan Smith, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, PA

Daniel Dong, New Hampshire House of Representatives, NH

Daniel Sohn, Haverhill City Council, FL

Daryl Moore, Harris County District Court, TX

Davante Lewis, Baton Rouge City Council, LA

David Glidden, Vermont House of Representatives, VT

Davin Sokup, Minnesota State Senate, MN

Deborah Barra, Florida State Attorney, FL

Eliz Markowitz, Texas House of Representatives, TX

Eric Holguin, Texas House of Representatives, TX

Eric-John Szczepaniak, Alpine Township Clerk, MI

Fabian Nelson, Mississippi House of Representatives, MS

Frank Guzman, Pomona Unified School District, CA

Freddy Puza, Culver City Council, CA

Gabriela De Jesus, Florida House of Representatives, FL

Garrett Blad, Indiana House of Representatives, IN

Gary Miller, Roseville City School Board, CA

Georgette Gomez, US House of Representatives, CA

Gia Drew, Maine House of Representatives, ME

Gina Ortiz Jones, U.S. House of Representatives, TX

Gray Ellis, North Carolina State Senate, NC

Gretchen Van Ness, Massachusetts House of Representatives, MA

Heather Carruthers, Monroe County Commissioner , FL

Hunter Cain, Clark County Commissioner, NV

J.R. Fruen, Cupertino City Council, CA

Jackie Smith , California State Assembly, CA

Jacob Meister, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL

Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Secretary of State, OR

Jared Nieuwenhuis, South Dakota House of Representatives, SD

Jasmen Rogers-Shaw, Florida House of Representatives, FL

Javier Estevez, Florida House of Representatives, FL

Jenna Wadsworth, North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, NC

Jennifer Webb, Florida House of Representatives, FL

Jessica Katzenmeyer, Wisconsin State Assembly, WI

Jim Davis, District Judge, Family Division, NV

Jim Oddie, Alameda City Council, CA

Jimmy Flannigan, Austin City Council, TX

Jimmy Midyette, Duval County Clerk of Courts, FL

Jimmy Zorrilla, Puerto Rico House of Representatives, PR

JoAnna Bautch, Wisconsin State Assembly, WI

Jody LaMacchia, Michigan House of Representatives, MI

John Blair, US House of Representatives, NM

John Dugger, Beaverton City Council, OR

John Heilman, West Hollywood City Council, CA

John Ronquillo, Colorado House of Representatives, CO

Jon Hoadley, U.S. House of Representatives, MI

Jordan Meehan, Massachusetts House of Representatives, MA

Josh McNair, Georgia House of Representatives, GA

Joshua Hicks, Florida House of Representatives, FL

Joy Silver, California State Senate, CA

Juan Miguel Arredondo, Mayor of San Marcos, TX

Julie Carson, Mayor of Wilton Manors, FL

Julie Jordan, Georgia House of Representatives, GA

Justin Bramhall, Kentucky House of Representatives, KY

Justin Chenette, Maine State Senate, ME

Justin Holsomback , Fulton County Commissioner , GA

Justin Sha, Mayor of Fremont, CA

Justin Sheldon, Kent County Commission, MI

Katie Dixon, Kansas House of Representatives, KS

Kelly Boyer, Executive Council, NH

Ken Mejia-Beal, Illinois House of Representatives, IL

Kevin Beckner, Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court , FL

Kevin Jarrett-Lee, Buckeye Union School District Board of Trustees, CA

Kevin Kresch, Michigan House of Representatives , MI

Kristen Browde, New York State Assembly, NY

Kristen Powers, Alamance County Board of Commissioners, NC

Kyle Meraz, Oklahoma House of Representatives, OK

Kyle Thorson, North Dakota State Senate, ND

Lange Luntao, Stockton School Board, CA

Laurie Eiserloh, Travis County Attorney, TX

Lesa Peerman, Margate City Commission, FL

Linda Deos, Yolo County Supervisor, CA

Lorenzo Sanchez, Texas House of Representatives, TX

Louise Snodgrass, South Dakota House of Representatives, SD

Lyn Franks, Alaska House of Representatives, AK

Lynnette Shaw, Oregon House of Representatives, OR

Mac Sims, Georgia House of Representatives, GA

Madeline Eden, Texas House of Representatives, TX

Maggie Trevor, Illinois House of Representatives, IL

Marcia Morgan, North Carolina House of Representatives, NC

Marko Liias, Lieutenant Governor of Washington, WA

Marque Snow, Nebraska Legislature, NE

Marshall Kilgore, Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education, MI

Mary Washington, Mayor of Baltimore, MD

Meg E'amato, Corona City Council, CA

Michael Penna, Monmouth County Freeholder, NJ

Michael Weaver, Circuit Court of Cook County, IL

Michelle Palmer, Texas State Board of Education, TX

Mitch Rosenwald, Oakland Park City Commission, FL

Moira Nelson, Monmouth County Freeholder, NJ

Nathan Ivie, Utah County Commission, UT

Neil Pople, Roseville City Council, CA

Nikki Fordey, New Hampshire House of Representatives, NH

Pat Hackett, US House of Representatives, IN

Patricia "Max" Rorty, Goleta Union School , CA

Patrick Ingram, Petersburg City Council, VA

Pete Buttigieg, President of the United States, US

Peter Burgelis, Milwaukee Common Council, WI

Peter Volosin, Roanoke City Council, VA

Phillip Westry, Baltimore City Council , MD

Piper Crowell, Mayor of Portland, OR

Randy Downs, DC Council, DC

Rebecca "Puck" Stair, New Mexico State Senate, NM

Ricky Junquera, Florida House of Representatives, FL

Robb Koons, Marion County Clerk of Courts, OH

Robert Doran-Brockway, County Commissioner, City of Owosso, Shiawassee County, MI

Ross LaJeunesse, US Senate, ME

Ryan Holmquist, Kansas House of Representatives, KS

Ryan Moore, Eugene City Council, OR

Sara Burlingame, Wyoming House of Representatives, WY

Shaun Murphy-Lopez, Wisconsin State Assembly, WI

Shawn Terry, Texas House of Representatives , TX

Steve Hansen, Sacramento City Council, CA

Steve Remming, South Plainfield , NJ

Steven Kirkland, 334th District Court, TX

Storme Frame, West Virginia House of Delegates, WV

Summer Wesley, Oklahoma House of Representatives , OK

Tanner Sunderman, Minnesota House of Representatives, MN

Tavarris Spinks, Richmond City Council, VA

Tracy Mitrano, US House of Representatives, NY

Ty Cratic, Illinois House of Representatives, IL

Virginia Korte, Mayor of Scottsdale, AZ

Wendy Stolyarov, Sparks City Council, NV

Wesley Lawrence, El Paso City Council, TX

Willam Muetzenberg, Tracy City Council, CA

William Cunningham, US House of Representatives, NJ

Yoni Pizer, Illinois House of Representatives, IL

Zach Stepp, Ohio House of Representatives, OH

Zach Zappone, Washington House of Representatives, WA

Zachary Dickerson, Montgomery County , OH

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