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Equality Florida: Gay mayoral candidate in Gainesville is subject of smear campaign

E-mail from Equality Florida:

Equality Florida Action PAC Endorses Craig Lowe

Anti-Gay Smear Campaign Has Already Begun

craiglowe_voters2 Last year, when anti-LGBT forces tried to repeal Gainesville's Human Rights ordinance, Craig Lowe served as Chair of the successful campaign to stop the repeal of these hard won legal protections.

Now Craig is poised to become the first gay mayor of Gainesville and the anti-gay forces are targeting him with outrageous attacks (see their recent flyer below).

Craig is the most experienced candidate, having served on the Gainesville Commission since 2003. During his time on the commission Craig led the way in passing a Domestic Partnership Registry and an inclusive non-discrimination ordinance. Craig is running a strong grassroots campaign and he's going to need our help to emerge as the winner in a crowded election.

In addition to earning Equality Florida Action PAC's endorsement, Craig has the backing of a number of local organizations including the Gainesville Professional Firefighters' Association, but Craig still has some big hurdles ahead. He can win if we help him raise the money he'll need to run a strong campaign.

concerned_gainesville A group calling themselves the "Concerned Citizens of Gainesville" has already started a nasty and outrageous smear campaign. Last year Craig helped to lead an effort to defeat a measure that could have overturned all LGBT protections in Gainesville. The measure was overwhelmingly defeated by a popular vote, however this group has resorted to the same ugly lies and distortions used to overturn protections in an effort to keep Craig out of office.

Together, we can help Craig serve his community while also serving the cause of equality and opportunity-as the only openly gay elected official in North Florida. Your support will help get Craig's message to voters in time for the upcoming general election.

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