Two Human Rights Campaign-endorsed Florida legislative candidates won their primaries, both of whom are LGBTQ candidates of color.
Last night, two Human Rights Campaign-endorsed Florida legislative candidates won their primaries, both of whom are LGBTQ candidates of color. These two victories include Shevrin James (SD-35) and Representative-elect Michele Rayner (HD-70).
Florida is one of 29 states in the country that lack explicit state-level protections for LGBTQ people, who total 770,000 in the state. Should he win in November, Shevrin Jones will become the first black queer person elected to the Florida State Senate after he made history becoming the first black queer person in the Florida House of Representatives.
In response, HRC Associate Regional Campaign Director Ryan Wilson issued the following statement:
HRC-endorsed legislative candidates advancing to the November election include:
In the 2018 midterms, HRC mobilized our grassroots army of 3.2 million members, supporters, and volunteers to work on behalf of pro-equality candidates and engage pro-equality voters primarily in six key states: Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This unprecedented grassroots mobilization worked to recruit and train volunteers, register and mobilize voters and grow the organization's political organizing efforts in order to pull the emergency brake on the hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda of the Trump-Pence administration and elect a Congress that would hold them accountable.
In 2020, our engagement and mobilization efforts have only deepened. In addition to our expansive volunteer network, HRC 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, including Florida. 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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