(Sacramento) Today, Equality California is proud to announce its endorsement of Mike Gipson for Assembly District 64, Karalee Hargrove for Assembly District 42, Joe Krovoza for Assembly District 4, Dr. Suja Lowenthal for Assembly District 70, Mike McGuire for Senate District 2, Tim Sbranti for Assembly District 16 and Jim Wood for Assembly District 2. They join a group of over 40 other candidates already endorsed by Equality California in the 2014 election cycle.
Gipson currently serves on the Carson City Council, and has a history of working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates, as well as hosting an annual HIV/AIDS conference in Carson with the Positive Imagery Foundation.
“Mike has been strong on LGBT issues, including working within the African American and Latino communities to make HIV and AIDS services a priority, and we know that we can count on him to be a strong advocate for full equality in the statehouse,” said John O'Connor, EQCA executive director. “We’re proud to endorse Mike Gipson for AD 64.”
Hargrove currently serves as a Morongo Unified School District trustee, and has been a strong supporter of pro-LGBT policies, including the School Success and Opportunity Act, which ensures transgender students have the same chance to succeed and graduate as all other students.
“Karalee has made it a priority to reach out to the LGBT community in the Morongo basin, and has always been an active supporter of full equality,” said O’Connor. “We’re proud to endorse Karalee Hargrove for AD 42.”
Krovoza currently serves as mayor of Davis, and has a long history of working for full equality, including working for West Hollywood icon Steve Schulte on his initial bid for city council and signing on as the 100th mayor with Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.
"Joe has worked hard to advance full equality for LGBT Californians, from campaigning for groundbreaking LGBT candidates, through being a strong supporter of marriage equality while mayor of Davis," said O’Connor. "We know that Joe has the passion and experience necessary to be a strong voice for progress in the Assembly."
Dr. Lowenthal has served as a Long Beach City Council member since 2006. In 2006 she sponsored a marriage equality resolution that passed unanimously, and has used her position to support funding for the Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Center, as well as broader access to AIDS/HIV testing.
“Dr. Lowenthal has been a stalwart advocate for full equality in Long Beach, and we’re proud to endorse her for AD 70,” said O’Connor. “We look forward to working with her in the Assembly.”
McGuire currently serves as Sonoma County Supervisor, and helped the “Wine County No on 8” committee raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to oppose Proposition 8. He has also officiated the weddings of two gay couples.
“Mike has shown personal dedication to defending LGBT people from discrimination and supporting them as full and equal members of the community,” said O’Connor. “We’re grateful for the work Mike has done, and are proud to endorse him for SD 2."
Sbranti currently serves as mayor of Dublin, and spent 15 years as a high school teacher. While mayor, he appointed the first openly lesbian planning commissioner, Lynna Do, and as a teacher he launched his school’s Gay Straight Alliance club. He has also been a powerful voice for LGBT equality within the California Teacher’s Association.
“Making sure that all students are safe from harassment and bullying is a priority for EQCA, and Tim would be a reliable ally in the Assembly on this and other issues of importance to the LGBT community,” said O’Connor. “We’re proud to endorse Tim for AD 16.”
Jim Wood is currently serving his second term as mayor of Healdsburg, and previously served on its city council. While a councilmember, he led the effort to file a friend-of-the-court brief to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act; because of his work, Healdsburg was one of only 17 cities included in the brief.
“Jim has supported full equality throughout his career in Healdsburg, and we know we can count on him in the Assembly,” said O’Connor. “We’re proud to endorse Jim Wood for AD 2.”
The Equality California Political Action Committee endorses viable candidates running for statewide offices and the state legislature who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBT Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. For more than a decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully sponsor 96 pieces of pro-equality legislation. EQCA continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org