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LGBTQ Victory Fund makes first 2019 endorsements

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WASHINGTON — The LGBTQ Victory Fund, a group dedicated to getting LGBTQ candidates has made its first endorsements for 2019 races.

The Victory Fund has endorsed a few Illinois candidates, so far all in Chicago.

Lori Lightfoot, the only out LGBTQ candidate in the Chicago mayoral race, got the Fund’s node for this year.

The other candidates endorsed were all incumbent Chicago aldermen.

  • James Cappleman, Chicago City Council, Ward 46
  • Raymond Lopez, Chicago City Council, Ward 15
  • Deborah Mell, Chicago City Council, Ward 33
  • Tom Tunney, Chicago City Council, Ward 44

“While many believe 2019 is an off-election year, at LGBTQ Victory Fund we are gearing up to support dozens of history-making candidates who can greatly impact state and local governments,” Annise Parker, Victory Fund president and CEO, said in a statement from the organization. “This year we can elect an unprecedented number of LGBTQ mayors and local officials, including the first big city mayor in the Heartland, and secure the reelection of trailblazing candidate Danica Roem. For all the attention paid to the U.S. Congress, it is our state and local officials who have the most impact on the daily lives of their constituents. In 2019, we will work to ensure LGBTQ representation grows in these state and local governments.”

More information about the candidates is available at victoryfund.org/ourcandidates.

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