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Equality California Endorses 18 Pro-Equality Champions Ahead of June 7 Primary Election
May 12, 2022 at 12:00 pm

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May 12, 2022

CONTACT: Jorge Reyes Salinas, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (213) 355-3057/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced endorsements of 18 pro-equality candidates Thursday, including candidates for the California Board of Equalization and Legislature and 13 openly LGBTQ+ candidates for local offices throughout the state.

The full list of new endorsements can be found below:

California Board of Equalization:

  • BOE District 1: Braden Murphy

California Senate:

  • Senate District 34: Tom Umberg
  • Senate District 38: Catherine Blakespear

California Assembly:

  • Assembly District 17: Matt Haney
  • Assembly District 64: Elizabeth Alcantar

Local Offices:

  • San Leandro Unified School District Board of Trustees, TA 2: James Aguilar
  • Covina City Clerk: Drew Aleman
  • Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, District 4: Ken Carlson
  • Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Amie Carter
  • Palm Springs City Council, District 3: Ron deHarte
  • Orange County Assessor: Rick Foster
  • Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education: John Fox
  • Sunnyvale City Council, District 5: Richard Mehlinger
  • San Dimas City Council, District 2: Eric Nakano
  • San Leandro City Council, District 1: Celina Reynes
  • Hart Union High School District Board of Trustees, TA 2: Andrew Taban
  • Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees, TA 1: Billie Joe Wright
  • El Cerrito City Council: Carolyn Wysinger

Note: Bold names indicate an openly LGBTQ+ candidate.

For a complete list of Equality California’s 2022 endorsements, please visit eqca.org/elections.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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