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To achieve full equality for all LGBTQ people, Equality California is committed to endorsing and supporting openly LGBTQ and pro-equality candidates — up and down the ballot — who will fight for civil rights and social justice.

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Our Candidates

Current Endorsements

Equality California endorses viable candidates running for local, state and federal offices who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBTQ Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

United States House of Representatives:

  • Congressional District 8: Chris Bubser
  • Congressional District 10: Josh Harder
  • Congressional District 21: TJ Cox
  • Congressional District 25: Christy Smith
  • Congressional District 39: Gil Cisneros
  • Congressional District 45: Katie Porter
  • Congressional District 48: Harley Rouda
  • Congressional District 49: Mike Levin
  • Congressional District 50: Ammar Campa-Najjar
  • Congressional District 53: Georgette Gómez and Sara Jacobs (dual endorsement)

California Senate:

  • Senate District 5: Susan Eggman
  • Senate District 7: Steve Glazer
  • Senate District 9: Nancy Skinner
  • Senate District 11: Scott Wiener
  • Senate District 13: Sally Lieber and Shelly Masur (dual endorsement)
  • Senate District 15: Ann Ravel
  • Senate District 17: John Laird
  • Senate District 19: Monique Limón
  • Senate District 21: Kipp Mueller
  • Senate District 23: Abigail Medina
  • Senate District 25: Anthony Portantin
  • Senate District 27: Henry Stern
  • Senate District 29: Josh Newman
  • Senate District 33: Lena Gonzalez
  • Senate District 35: Steven Bradford
  • Senate District 37: Dave Min
  • Senate District 39: Toni Atkins

California Assembly:

  • Assembly District 2: Jim Wood
  • Assembly District 4: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
  • Assembly District 7: Kevin McCarty
  • Assembly District 10: Marc Levine
  • Assembly District 13: Kathy Miller
  • Assembly District 15: Buffy Wicks
  • Assembly District 16: Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
  • Assembly District 17: David Chiu
  • Assembly District 18: Rob Bonta
  • Assembly District 19: Phil Ting
  • Assembly District 20: Bill Quirk
  • Assembly District 22: Kevin Mullin
  • Assembly District 24: Marc Berman
  • Assembly District 26: Drew Phelps
  • Assembly District 27: Ash Kalra
  • Assembly District 28: Evan Low
  • Assembly District 29: Mark Stone
  • Assembly District 30: Robert Rivas
  • Assembly District 31: Joaquin Arambula
  • Assembly District 32: Rudy Salas, Jr. for
  • Assembly District 39: Luz Rivas for
  • Assembly District 40: James Ramos for
  • Assembly District 41: Chris Holden for
  • Assembly District 43: Laura Friedman for
  • Assembly District 44: Jacqui Irwin for
  • Assembly District 45: Jesse Gabriel
  • Assembly District 47: Eloise Gómez Reyes
  • Assembly District 48: Blanca Rubio for
  • Assembly District 49: Ed Chau
  • Assembly District 50: Richard Bloom
  • Assembly District 51: Wendy Carrillo
  • Assembly District 52: Freddie Rodriguez
  • Assembly District 53: Miguel Santiago
  • Assembly District 54: Sydney Kamlager-Dove
  • Assembly District 55: Andrew Rodriguez
  • Assembly District 56: Eduardo Garcia
  • Assembly District 59: Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • Assembly District 60: Sabrina Cervantes
  • Assembly District 61: Jose Medina
  • Assembly District 62: Autumn Burke
  • Assembly District 63: Anthony Rendon
  • Assembly District 64: Mike Gipso
  • Assembly District 65: Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • Assembly District 66: Al Muratsuchi
  • Assembly District 68: Melissa Fox
  • Assembly District 69: Tom Daly for
  • Assembly District 70: Patrick O’Donnell
  • Assembly District 73: Scott Rhinehart
  • Assembly District 74: Cottie Petrie-Norris
  • Assembly District 76: Tasha Boerner Horvath
  • Assembly District 78: Chris Ward
  • Assembly District 79: Shirley Weber

Local:

    • Los Angeles Community College District Board: David Vela
    • National City City Council: Marcus Bush
    • Sacramento City Council: Steve Hansen
    • San Diego Mayor: Todd Gloria
    • San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 3: Terra Lawson-Remer

Bold indicates an openly LGBTQ candidate.

Past Endorsements

Click here for a list of our 2019 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2018 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2017 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2016 endorsements.

Our PACs

Equality California PAC

Equality California PAC works to elect pro-equality candidates running for local, state legislative and statewide offices, who have a proven track record of supporting civil rights and social justice for LGBTQ people and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

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Equality California Federal PAC

Equality California Federal PAC works to elect pro-equality candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate or president, who have a proven track record of supporting civil rights and social justice for LGBTQ people and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

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Equality California Issues PAC

Equality California Issues PAC endorses or opposes select initiative and issue campaigns that come before California’s voters. This PAC endorses or opposes initiatives relevant to the LGBTQ community, as well as initiatives that are important to the diverse communities to which LGBTQ people belong or that have a substantial impact upon our state.

PAC Committee Members

Equality California’s PACs are overseen by a group of dedicated community leaders and activists:

  • Jerry Bloom (Chair)*
  • Linda Bernhardt*
  • Sue Burnside*
  • Rob Darby*
  • Ellen Evans
  • Clarissa Filgioun
  • Boe Hayward*
  • Lloyd Levine
  • Susan McCabe*
  • Andreas Meyer*
  • Richard Poppen*
  • Nancy Sutley*
  • James Williamson*

* Member of EQCA Board of Directors

Endorsement Process and Guidelines
Equality California endorses viable candidates running for local office, statewide offices, the state legislature and Congress who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBTQ Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.

Except in rare circumstances, Equality California only endorses exceptional LGBTQ candidates in local races with the goal of supporting the careers of exceptional leaders in our community to build a bench of strong candidates for higher office.

In races for State Assembly and Senate, United States Congress and Senate, and California State Constitutional Offices, Equality California considers endorsement of all candidates that meet our screening and endorsement criteria.

Endorsement Process

Equality California conducts field research to determine candidates’ records on LGBTQ equality and social justice and will extend invitations to participate in the endorsement process based on past record, viability, and Equality California priority considerations.

Endorsement by Equality California requires completion of a candidate questionnaire and candidate interviews. Candidates who are interested in our endorsement should contact Tony Hoang at tony@eqca.org as early as possible to inform us of your candidacy.

Key Candidate Considerations

  • Candidate must be 100% in support of LGBTQ equality to be considered for endorsement.
  • Candidate must be viable and able to run a competitive campaign.
  • Candidate’s prior depth of work in support of full LGBTQ equality is a key factor.
  • Is the candidate openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning?
  • Will endorsement diversify and expand support for LGBTQ equality and social justice?
  • NOTE: A candidate who is not 100% in support of full LGBTQ equality is not eligible for endorsement.

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