Philadelphia, PA – On Wednesday night, March 23, Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, the premier lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization in Philadelphia, endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States and Katie McGinty for United States Senator in the upcoming Pennsylvania Primary Election taking place on April 26.
The endorsement meeting took place at the Wiliam Way LGBT Center in Philadelphia and was attended by dozens of Liberty City members. Endorsements were also made in 19 other races. See full list below.
“Liberty City is proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States,” said LCDC Co-Chair Tony Campisi. “Hillary has been a lifelong advocate for equality for all, and has been a vocal advocate for LGBT rights throughout her career. We are confident she will be a president who will work for full equality for all Americans.”
“As an organization fighting to make LGBT voices heard in the political process, we are thrilled to endorse Katie McGinty,” said Anne Wakabayashi,Co-Chair of LCDC. “In the Senate, Katie will be a strong ally for the LGBT community. She will bring LGBT Pennsylvanians to the table, and advocate for justice and opportunity in the workplace, for our families, and everywhere in between.”
Others endorsed include Dwight Evans for the 2nd Congressional District, Mary Ellen Balchunis for the 7th Congressional District and Josh Shapiro for Pennsylvania Attorney General.
“This year we had an embarrassment of riches in the candidates that came before us for endorsement.” said Wade Albert, Co-chair of the LCDC Endorsement Committee. “Every candidate we endorsed came to us ready to speak to the broad spectrum of issues that face our community, and also listen to the concerns of our members. We are excited to work with this group of candidates who will not only be supporters of our community but advocates for our issues.”
For State Senate, the following earned the group’s endorsement: Larry Farnese (1st), Sharif Street, (3rd) Martin Molloy (9th) and Daylin Leach (17th).
In the State House races, LCDC endorsed candidates in 12 races, including openly gay incumbent Brian Sims (182nd) and long-time LGBT champion Mark Cohen (202nd). Newcomers endorsed include Chris Rabb (200th) and Movita Johnson-Harrell (190th).
The co-chairs were pleased with the process. “Even in the middle of some passionate debate supporting opposing candidates, the level of civility and discourse was great to see, as always at Liberty City. We know that not all members supported every candidate that was endorsed, but that speaks strongly about the openness of the process and the diversity of opinions represented by this organization,” Campisi and Wakabayashi said in a joint statement.
The club will now begin to implement an aggressive “get-out-the-vote” operation on behalf of all Liberty City endorsed candidates.
Here is the complete slate of Liberty City endorsements for the primary election on April 26:
-President – Hillary Clinton
-U.S. Senate – Katie McGinty
-2nd Congressional District – Dwight Evans
-7th Congressional District – Mary Ellen Balchunis
-PA Attorney General – Josh Shapiro
-State Senate District 1 – Larry Farnese
-State Senate Disrtict 3 – Sharif Street
-State Senate District 9 – Martin Molloy
-State Senate District 17 – Daylin Leach
-State House District 154 – Stephen McCarter
-State House District 164 – Sekela Coles
-State House District 175 – Mike O’Brien
-State House District 177 – Joe Hohenstein
-State House District 181 – W. Curtis Thomas
-State House District 182 – Brian Sims
-State House District 190 – Movita Johnson-Harrell
-State House District 191 – Joanna McClinton
-State House District 194 – Pam DeLissio
-State House District 195 – Donna Bullock
-State House District 200 – Christopher Rabb
-State House District 202 – Mark Cohen