Post submitted by former HRC Southern Regional Field Director Joe Saunders

This week, HRC announced its endorsements in the 2015 Virginia Elections. 

HRC PAC, in partnership with Equality Virginia PAC, targeted races for endorsement that present a key opportunity to shift the balance of power in Richmond and could take us one step closer to a pro-equality majority. 

Since his election, Governor Terry McAuliffe has made LGBT equality a priority, but opponents to equality in the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate have squashed much of his LGBT policy priorities. This year’s election is a chance to shift the power dynamic and who has a seat at the table in the state legislature. The outcome of many of these key races will determine the progress of LGBT equality and the battles we’ll have to fight.  

The stakes in Virginia this year are higher than ever before. The contrast between those who will fight for us and those who would rail against us couldn’t be starker. Therefore, HRC and Equality Virginia are teaming up to meet this challenge head on.  

This year HRC PAC has decided to highlight the following races as critical to the LGBT community in Virginia and nationwide. HRC PAC has endorsed the following candidates for the Virginia State Senate and Virginia House of Delegates: 

Virginia State Senate:

  • Senate District 7 — Gary McCollum

  • Senate District 6 — Senator Lynwood Lewis

  • Senate District 10 — Dan Gecker

  • Senate District 13 — Dr. Jill McCabe

  • Senate District 21 — Senator John Edwards

  • Senate District 29 — Jeremy McPike

  • Senate District 30 — Senator Adam Ebbin

Virginia House of Delegates

  • House District 13 — Don Shaw

  • House District 21 — Delegate Ron Villanueva

  • House District 43 — Delegate Mark Sickles

  • House District 45 — Mark Levine

If you live in Virginia or the greater Washington, D.C. area and are interested in learning more about how you can help engage the LGBT community in these critical elections, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC. Not authorized by a candidate.

Filed under: State & Local Advocacy

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