Equality Michigan Pride PAC announced Oct. 5 the public endorsement of 16 pro-equality candidates who are running for office in local municipal elections this year. Equality Michigan Pride PAC is Michigan’s premiere funding source that promotes equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
“More than ever, Michigan needs elected officials who believe in fairness and equality. Equality Michigan Pride PAC invests in pro-equality leaders who can win. We are proud to support 16 qualified candidates in this year’s municipal elections,” said Amy Hunter, the group’s president. “We are working hard to fund and promote candidates throughout Michigan that will stand up for gay and transgender equality.”
As part of the Nominate a Pro-Equality Candidate campaign, Equality Michigan Pride PAC solicited nominations from supporters and is now asking the public to vote for their favorite pro-equality candidates. The candidates with the most votes will have the opportunity to receive financial support from the PAC.
The 16 pro-equality candidates endorsed by the Equality Michigan Pride PAC are:
Bobby Hopewell (Kalamazoo Mayor)
Stephanie Bell (Kalamazoo City Commission)
Don Cooney (Kalamazoo City Commission)
Bob Cinabro (Kalamazoo City Commission)
Nicholas Wikar (Kalamazoo City Commission)
Nathan Triplett (East Lansing City Council)
Rory Neuner (Lansing City Council)
Lynne Martinez (Lansing City Council)
David Coulter (Ferndale Mayor)
Steve Manchester (Lansing Public Schools, Board of Education)
Dan Martin (Ferndale City Council)
Mike Lennon (Ferndale City Council)
Stephen Rapundalo (Ann Arbor City Council)
Marian McClellan (Oak Park Mayor)
Charles Kellett (Pleasant Ridge City Commission)
Kyle DeBuc (Royal Oak City Commission)
To help decide which candidates will receive financial support, vote for your favorites at http://www.eqmipridepac.com.