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SAVE Dade endorses Matti Bower, Jonah Wolfson, Deede Weithorn in Beach; Marc Sarnoff in Miami

SAVE Dade Action Pac has announced its endorsements in several local election races:

  • Matti Herrera Bower for Miami Beach Mayor
  • Jonah Wolfson and Deede Weithorn for Miami Beach commission
  • Marc Sarnoff for Miami commissioner

Here are the details from two SAVE Dade letters to supporters:

SAVE Dade Action PAC endorses in Miami Beach elections

(Miami Beach, Florida) October 18, 2011— After a comprehensive endorsement process, the SAVE Dade Action PAC is proud to endorse Matti Bower, Jonah Wolfson, and Deede Weithorn for the City of Miami Beach Mayor and Commission elections.

Matti Bower: A long-time champion of equality, Mattie Bower cares deeply about the LGBT community and has supported our issues at every level of government. Mayor Bower continues to find ways to leverage her public position to push us closer toward equality, not only in her city, but also at the state and federal levels. She helped start the City’s first Pride Committee, formed the first LGBT Business Enhancement Committee, and continues to place qualified openly LGBT people in positions of leadership. Because of her leadership and support for the community, Mayor Bower has earned the SAVE Dade Action PAC endorsement.

Jonah Wolfson: As a sitting elected official, Jonah Wolfson believes in equality for all people and has had a pro-equality voting record since he was first elected to the commission. Most recently, Commissioner Wolfson fought for the creation of the Human Rights Committee at the city-level. In an effort to pass pro-LGBT legislation in other municipalities, Commissioner Wolfson helped build connections in other cities. Even though Jonah did not receive the SAVE Dade endorsement in his first bid for City Commissioner, his commitment to equality and support for the community has earned him the SAVE Dade Action PAC endorsement.

Deede Weithorn: Commissioner Weithorn is one of the strongest champions for LGBT equality in Miami-Dade County, and continues to find ways to support the community. Her most recent efforts include voting in favor of creating the Miami Beach Human Rights Committee and making LGBT issues a priority for Miami Beach’s public policy consultants in Tallahassee. A staunch fiscal conservative, Commissioner Weithorn shows that elected officials do not need to compromise their support for equality. Commissioner Weithorn’s door is always open to the LGBT community as well as the community at large and her leadership has earned her the SAVE Dade Action PAC endorsement.

“Miami Beach has a diverse community with a significant number of residents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender,” said C.J. Ortuno executive director of the SAVE Dade Action PAC. “That’s why it’s so important for us to endorse Miami Beach candidates who support equality for their LGBT constituents.”

SAVE Dade Action PAC endorses Commissioner Marc Sarnoff for City of Miami Commission District 2

(Miami, Florida) October 18, 2011— After a comprehensive endorsement process, the SAVE Dade Action PAC is proud to endorse Commissioner Marc Sarnoff for City of Miami Commission District 2.

As a long time supporter of LGBT equality, Commissioner Sarnoff leads all City of Miami elected officials with a 100% pro-equality voting record. Commissioner Sarnoff was awarded the 2010 SAVE Dade Champions of Equality Award for his sponsorship of the City’s historic domestic partnership ordinance, granting all unmarried city employees the right to share their health benefits with their domestic partners.

“As the largest city in the county, the City of Miami is of particular importance to SAVE Dade’s legislative goals,” said CJ Ortuno executive director of the SAVE Dade Action PAC. “That’s why we continue to ensure that fair-minded pro-equality candidates are elected to office.”

The SAVE Dade Action PAC did interview challengers Kate Callahan, Donna Milo, and Michelle Niemeyer, all of whom expressed their support for the LGBT community.

SAVE Dade plans to assist Mr. Sarnoff campaign by targeting SAVE Dade voters throughout District 2. SAVE Dade Action PAC asks all of its City of Miami District 2 supporters to go out and vote for Marc Sarnoff for Commissioner on November 1, 2011.

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