Human Rights Campaign Congratulates Pro-Democracy, Pro-Equality Secretary of State Candidates on Their Victories

by Henry Berg-Brousseau

"The Right to Vote is Foundational for Ensuring That All Other Rights are Protected, and These Five Secretaries of State Will Work Tirelessly to Ensure Free and Fair Elections"

Washington, DC – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — congratulated HRC-endorsed candidates Cisco Aguilar (NV), Jocelyn Benson (MI), Adrian Fontes (AZ), Jena Griswold (CO), and Steve Simon (MN) on their winning races for secretary of state.

Human Rights Campaign National Campaign Director Geoff Wetrosky released the following statement:

“The right to vote is foundational for ensuring that all other rights are protected, and these five secretaries of state will work tirelessly to ensure free and fair elections – an essential part of protecting the democratic process itself. The LGBTQ+ community, which relies on the democratic process to ensure our full participation in all aspects of society, will find allies in these champions of equality and democracy. The Human Rights Campaign celebrates their victories and looks forward to working with them in the years ahead.”

HRC-Endorsed Candidates Winning Secretary of State Elections

Cisco Aguilar, Nevada

* Jocelyn Benson, Michigan

Adrian Fontes, Arizona

* Jena Griswold, Colorado

* Steve Simon, Minnesota

* asterisk denotes that the candidate was running for reelection

HRC’s Commitment to Mobilizing Equality Voters

Equality Voters are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate. They recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties.


The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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