SAN FRANCISCO — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced endorsements of Alex Lee for Assembly District 25 and Josh Becker for Senate District 13 on Tuesday. Both Bay Area districts are considered safe Democratic seats.
“Our state is witnessing the rise of the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders,” said Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur. “Today, we are proud to endorse openly LGBTQ+ champion Alex Lee, who will make history in November and pave the way for other LGBTQ+ young leaders to follow. We also are proud to endorse pro-equality champion Josh Becker, who has proven he has what it takes to win and will be a critical ally in our fight for full, lived LGBTQ+ equality.”
Lee is solidly in second place in the AD-25 primary with 15.4 percent of the vote as of April 6. He is expected to win in November, when he will face off against Republican Bob Brunton in the overwhelmingly Democratic district. If elected, Lee will become the state’s first openly bisexual legislator and the youngest member — at age 25 — elected since 1938. Equality California previously endorsed Anne Kepner, who did not advance to the general election.
“Representation matters,” said Lee. “I’m honored to be supported by Equality California and will continue to make sure California exemplifies what it means to support its diverse communities — no matter who or how they love.”
Josh Becker currently has a substantial lead in the SD-13 primary with 23.8 percent as of April 6. A public policy professional, Becker was appointed by former Governor Jerry Brown to serve for five years on the California State Workforce Development Board. Sally Lieber and Shelly Masur, who received a dual endorsement from Equality California in the primary, did not advance to the November general election.
“I am honored to have Equality California’s endorsement for my race in the November General election,” said Becker.
To see a full list of Equality California’s endorsed candidates, 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