Michigan PACs endorse pro-LGBT candidates

By |2018-01-22T17:45:03-05:00October 27th, 2005|News|

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will go to the polls to elect candidates to positions ranging from mayor to school board. Candidates elected to all of these positions impact the way that LGBT citizens and their children are treated in local communities.
The Lansing Association for Human Rights’ PAC, Michigan Equality, and Triangle Pride PAC have all researched various candidates to find out which ones support equal rights for LGBTs and which do not. Below is a list of candidates that have earned the endorsements of these organizations.
LAHR-PAC has given the following recommendations for Lansing and East Lansing candidates; Michigan Equality also endorses two of the candidates, Virg Bernero for Mayor and Chris Swope for City Clerk.
Lansing Mayor – LAHR PAC gives challenger Virg Bernero a rating of “Very Positive.”
Lansing City Council at large:
Kathie Dunbar – Positive
Brian Jeffries – Very Positive
Bob Johnson – Positive
John Pollard – Positive
Lansing City Council 2nd Ward
Sandy Allen – Very Negative
Jonathan Solis – Positive
Lansing City Council 4th Ward
Tim Kaltenbach – Positive
Geneva Smith – Positive
Lansing City Clerk
Chris Swope – Very Positive
Lansing School Board
Hugh Clarke – Somewhat Positive
Jack Davis – Positive
Dan Dillinger – Somewhat Positive
Ken Jones – Somewhat Positive
East Lansing City Council
Kevin Beard – Positive
John Fournier – Positive

Triangle Pride PAC endorsements:
City of Ferndale

City Council- Tomiko Gumbleton

City of Oak Park

City Council – Angela Diggs Jackson

City of Royal Oak

Mayor – Jim Ellison
City Council – Gary Lelito

City of Southfield

City Council – Roy Bell and Ken Siver

City of Detroit

Detroit City Council:
Ken Cockrel, Jr.
Barbara-Rose Collins
James M. Edwards
Brenda Jones
Maryann Mahaffey
Ralph C. Simpson
Maureen D. Taylor
Alberta Tinsley Talabi
Jo Ann Watson
Board of Education at large:
Sammie E. Harris
Lawrence Lunsford
Theodore Madison
Reverend David Murray
For Board of Education, District 1: Khari Wheeler
Board of Education, District 4: Lisa Weltman
Pride PAC’s endorsements for other Wayne County positions were not available as of press time.

ItÕs not too late to get involved

It’s not too late to make a last-minute contribution or offer to volunteer for pro-LGBT candidates. To learn more about the campaigns and/or to volunteer or make a donation to pro-LGBT candidates, start at Michigan Pride PAC at http://www.pride-pac.org, LAHR-PAC at http://www.lahronline.org/activities/political_action.asp, or Michigan Equality PAC at http://michiganequality.org/PAC/index.shtml.

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