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Priority Candidate Spotlight: Pocan, Sinema, Takano

HRC ParadeNovember 6 is just around the corner. On Wednesday, will you be able to say you did everything you could to support equality? There’s still time to support fair-minded leaders facing tough races at the ballot box.

Today we’re taking a look at three of HRC’s priority candidates running for U.S. House: Wisconsin’s Mark Pocan, Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema and California’s Mark Takano.

Mark Pocan - U.S. House, D-Wisconsin

With Tammy Baldwin stepping forward to run for the Senate, her current seat in the U.S. House of Representatives needs to be filled by someone with the same ambition, passion, and commitment to LGBT issues. That person is Mark Pocan.

Pocan, an openly gay member of this Wisconsin State Assembly, has been a long-time leader on LGBT issues, tirelessly working to legalize domestic partnerships and increasing funding for HIV/AIDS treatment in Wisconsin. As a Member of Congress, Pocan will work for the passage of a fully inclusive ENDA and marriage equality. Pocan has been a friend of the LGBT community time and time again, and we need his voice in Congress.

Kyrsten Sinema - U.S. House, D-Arizona

Former State Senator Kyrsten Sinema has spent her career in the Arizona legislature vigorously fighting for LGBT equality, and she wants to continue these endeavors by serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sinema, who is openly LGBT, bravely led the fight to block measures banning marriage equality in the Arizona Constitution, and in 2006, that campaign was the first to successfully beat such a proposal at the ballot box. She pushed for legislation granting statewide domestic partnership benefits and helped to defeat Governor Jan Brewer’s attempt to take away these benefits for state employees. Sinema will be a fresh leader in Congress with the enthusiasm, determination, and expertise to advance LGBT equality.

Mark Takano - U.S. House, D-California

In 1992, Mark Takano came just 519 votes shy of defeating anti-gay Republican Ken Calvert in a hotly contested race for the US House. Today Takano is the Democratic nominee in a new, closely divided district that has no incumbent. For more than 20 years, Takano has served as an elected official in Riverside County, where he has deep ties to the local community. If elected, he would be the first openly gay person of color to serve in the U.S. Congress. Takano needs critical resources now, as he faces a well-funded opponent in November.

These candidates stand out as key supporters of equality for LGBT Americans. Learn more about HRC’s priority candidates and how to help via our Election Center.


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