SAN DIEGO and DUBLIN, Calif. — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, has endorsed Assemblymember Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) in her 2018 reelection bid for California Assembly District 16. The organization has dual endorsed both Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) and his Democratic challenger Sunday Gover in Assembly District 77. These announcements represent the first time that incumbent Republican legislators have earned the group’s endorsement for reelection.
“The Trump Administration may be catering to fringe elements of their base by attacking the LGBTQ community, but here in the Golden State, we’re lucky to have Republican legislators who stand with the majority of voters in their party by supporting full equality and social justice for LGBTQ Californians,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur.
Throughout her tenure in the Assembly, Baker has been an independent voice for her East Bay district, tackling local priorities and voting in a way that often puts her at odds with the rest of the Assembly Republican Caucus. She has repeatedly broken with Republican leadership to support legislation to protect women’s equality and reproductive rights, enact common sense gun safety reforms and provide greater equality and social justice for California’s LGBTQ community — earning her a perfect score on Equality California’s 2016 Legislative Scorecard and a 90 percent in 2017.
“Achieving full equality and social justice for the LGBTQ community requires independent champions like Assemblymember Catharine Baker — allies who aren’t afraid to stand up for what’s right, even when anti-equality voices in their party disagree,” said Rick Zbur. “Catharine has been a great friend and ally to LGBTQ Californians and consistently fights for her constituents, rather than the red team or the blue team, earning our endorsement for another term in the Assembly.”
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein has similarly worked with Equality California and members of the Legislative LGBT Caucus to advance pro-equality legislation and tackle critical issues for the LGBTQ community such as reducing homelessness and reducing stigma for Californians living with HIV. His pro-equality voting record earned Maienschein a 100 percent on Equality California’s 2015 Legislative Scorecard, an 80 percent on in 2016 and another perfect score in 2017.
“Assemblymember Maienschein has demonstrated during his time in the Legislature that he cares more about doing the right thing for LGBTQ San Diegans than about whether legislative authors have a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ next to their names,” said Zbur. “As California faces a growing homelessness and housing affordability crisis, Brian has consistently reached across the aisle to fight for common sense solutions, even when it meant bucking his party leadership.”
Sunday Gover is a lifelong San Diegan, a small business owner and a public school mom who has committed to growing the economy, expanding healthcare coverage and protecting women’s reproductive rights if elected to the California Assembly. A member of San Diego’s LGBTQ community, Gover would add to the Legislative LGBT Caucus’s membership and be a champion for a healthier, more just and fully equal California.
“While folks in Washington work to roll back protections for our LGBTQ community, immigrant communities, women and communities of color, Sunday is fighting to continue California’s role as a beacon of hope for the rest of the country,” said Zbur. “If San Diegans send her to Sacramento, they can count on Sunday to help ensure every child has a safe and supportive public school, that California families have access to quality affordable healthcare and that everyone has a shot at the American Dream.”
For a full list of Equality California’s 2018 endorsements to date, visit eqca.org/our-endorsements.
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