Gay-rights group SAVE Action PAC has issued the following first round of endorsements for the Aug. 26 election:
SAVE Action PAC Announces First Round of State Legislative and Judicial Pro-LGBT Candidate Endorsements
MIAMI, FL -- SAVE Action PAC, the electoral arm of SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone), South Florida's largest advocacy group for the LGBT community, announced today its first round of endorsements in upcoming local state legislative and judicial races on August 26 as part of the organization's TOGETHER 2014 initiative to elect supporters of equality for LGBT people.
In addition to endorsements issued earlier this year for State House District 113 Representative David Richardson and District 8 county commission candidate Daniella Levine Cava, SAVE Action PAC issued the following list of endorsements in local races:
- Jose Javier Rodriguez for State House District 112
- Daisy J. Baez for State House District 114
- Kionne McGhee for State House District 117
- Rachel Glorioso Dooley for County Court Judge in group 19
- Alberto Milian for 11th Circuit Court Judge in group 27
- Martin Zilber for 11th Circuit Court Judge in group 58
- Fleur Lobree for 11th Circuit Court Judge in group 67
- Veronica Diaz for 11th Circuit Court Judge in group 70
- Kevin Burns for Mayor of North Miami
- YES on Amendment 1 -- Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative
- YES on Amendment 2 -- Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative
- NO on Amendment 3 -- Florida Prospective Judicial Vacancies
After a lengthy process involving panels composed of members of the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied community, candidates were recommended for endorsement based on their answers to questionnaires and their responses to interview questions posed by SAVE Action PAC's endorsement panels. After the panels issued their recommendations, endorsement decisions were ratified following a vote by SAVE's Board of Directors.
In the last set of general elections in 2012, SAVE boasted an win rate of upwards of 80% among its endorsed candidates. This year, the organization looks to build on that record of success.
"We instructed our panelists not only to consider the policy positions of those interviewed, but also their political acumen and perceived viability as candidates for electoral office as well," said SAVE Vice-Chair Cristy McClelland. "I'm confident that these candidates aren't just fantastic advocates for our community, but that they're in it to win it as well. Come 2015, South Florida will count among its leadership many more officials who will act in the best interests of LGBT people."
This week's announcement is the first of what promises to be many in support of pro-equality candidates at the state and local levels. For more information on SAVE's TOGETHER 2014 initiative, and to see a list of the organization's endorsed candidates, please go to savedade.org/2014.