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Here are the 30 candidates endorsed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund in 2021

Organization has endorsed Dawn Adams and Patrick Wojahn for re-election, and Mark Levine's bid for Virginia lieutenant governor

LGBTQ Victory Fund
Victory Fund Endorsements (Clockwise from upper left): Mark Levine, Patrick Wojahn, Emily Gilbert, Andrea Jenkins, Jonathan Estrada, Dawn Adams – Photos: Facebook.

The LGBTQ Victory Fund, a national organization dedicated to electing out LGBTQ leaders to public office, has endorsed 30 additional candidates ahead of the 2021 elections.

It has endorsed multiple candidates in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, including giving a “Game Changer” endorsement to Virginia Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) in his race for Virginia lieutenant governor.

If elected, Levine would become the first out LGBTQ official elected statewide.

“There is no such thing as an off-election year, and 2021 presents opportunities to elect groundbreaking LGBTQ candidates that can impact policy for millions of Americans,” Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in a statement. “We can increase representation in the U.S. Congress, elect key city councilmembers and help trans leaders shatter long-standing political barriers.”

She added: “We must increase LGBTQ representation not because we desire power for its own sake, but because it leads to pro-equality policies that improve the lives of LGBTQ people.”

Other D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area endorsees include Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), the first out lesbian member of the General Assembly, who is running for re-election, and Patrick Wojahn, the mayor of College Park, Md.

LGBTQ Victory Fund also previously endorsed Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), the first out transgender elected official in Virginia and in the United States, for re-election. When Roem first ran, she also earned a “Game Changer” endorsement due to the historic nature of her candidacy.

The endorsed candidates, and the offices they are running for, are:

Del. Mark LevineVirginia Lieutenant Governor (“Game Changer” Endorsement)

Jace Dawson, Compton (Calif.) City Council

Alexandra Dermody, Davenport (Iowa) Alderwoman

Jonathan Estrada, Pasadena (Calif.) City Council

Emily Gilbert, Library Trustee, Schaumburg Township District

Jackie Gunderson, Mayor, Bloomington, Ill.

Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, San Antonio (Texas) City Council

Jose Valdes-Fauli, Coral Gables (Fla.) Commissioner

Gregory Yorgey-Girdy, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge

Del. Dawn Adams, Virginia House of Delegates

Committee Member Marcony Almeida-Barros, City of Everett (Mass.) School Committee

Councilmember Jeremy Blake, Newark (Ohio) City Council

Town Council Member James Demetriades, Cromwell (Conn.) Town Council

Board Member Anthony Gomez, Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) Board of Education

Councilmember Adam Graham, The Village (Okla.) City Council

Alderman Patrick Heck, City of Madison (Wis.) Common Council

Councilmember Jason Hoskins, Southfield (Mich.) City Council

Councilmember Andrea Jenkins, Minneapolis City Council

Nick Kachiroubas, Crystal Lake (Ill.) City Clerk 

Alderman Scott Lennon, Berwyn (Ill.) City Council

Councilmember Jonathan Melton, Raleigh (N.C.) City Council

Councilmember Ryan O’Malley, Malden City Council

Alderman Jose Ramirez, Berwyn (Ill.) City Council

Alexander Reber, Millersburg Borough (Pa.) Tax Collector

Councilmember Peter Spadafore, Lansing (Mich.) City Council

Mayor Sean Strub, Milford (Pa.) Mayor

Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, King County (Wash.) Council

Councilmember Sändra Washington, Lincoln (Neb.) City Council

Councilmember Marcia White, Ogden (Utah) City Council

Mayor Patrick Wojahn, College Park (Md.) Mayor

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