#AM_Equality: August 13, 2020

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC announces slate of pro-equality candidates for the U.S. House

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This week, HRC announced the endorsement of several candidates seeking to expand the pro-equality majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. If they win this November, these candidates HRC endorsed will expand the pro-equality majority, pass the Equality Act, ensure access to quality, affordable health care is protected, pass systemic reform to our police system, ensure common-sense gun safety legislation is considered and advance voting rights. More from HRC.

  • Said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid): “We must reelect and expand the pro-equality majority in Congress to achieve real and lasting change for LGBTQ people. The candidates endorsed [this week] are proof that the battleground for the majority is expanding, and LGBTQ equality is a winning issue in every corner of the country. Over the coming months, we will utilize every opportunity and every resource to elect these candidates and ensure we make history once again in 2021 by finally enacting the Equality Act.”
  • U.S. House Candidates endorsed include Alyse Galvin (AK-AL); Margaret Good (FL-16); Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-7); Michelle de las Isla (KS-2); Hillary Scholten (MI-3); Kathleen Williams (MT-AL); Kara Eastman (NE-2); Desiree Tims (OH-10); Sima Ladjevardian (TX-2); Candace Valenzuela (TX-24); and Cameron Webb (VA-5).
  • In addition to HRC’s expansive volunteer network, the organization will have at least 51 full-time staff in seven priority states (Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin) and an additional 26 staff focused on a second tier of states.
  • While in-person organizing has been limited by the COVID-19 pandemic, HRC has embraced digital organizing, launching a new tool called TEAM allowing our broad network of volunteers and steering committees to engage their networks personally and hundreds of virtual phone banks and text banks to engage pro-equality voters even without the ability to interact in person.


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