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Equality California Endorses 5 Pro-Equality Candidates
February 13, 2023 at 11:44 am

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February 13, 2023

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

SACRAMENTO —  Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced endorsements of five openly LGBTQ+ candidates running for state and local offices Monday — the organization’s first endorsements ahead of a local special election in March of 2023 and the Presidential Primary Election in March of 2024.

“We are thrilled to support these qualified pro-equality candidates and hopeful for more to come as we build upon the historic level of 10% LGBTQ+ representation achieved during the 2022 election cycle, which made California the first state in the nation to achieve this across state legislatures,” said Equality California Executive Tony Hoang

The full new list of endorsements can be found below.

California Assembly:

  • Assembly District 58: Clarissa Cervantes
  • Assembly District 62: Jose Salache
  • Assembly District 76: Joseph Rocha

California Senate:

  • Senate District 31: Sabrina Cervantes

Assemblymember Cervantes currently represents communities of the Inland Empire in Assembly District 58 and has been a steadfast champion for Equality California. Cervantes currently serves as the Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, in which she made history as the first LGBTQ+ and Millennial Latina to be elected in Caucus history. 

Local Offices:

  • Oxnard City Council – District 6: Michaela Perez [special election to be held March 7, 2023]

If elected, Michaela will be Oxnard’s first out LGBTQ+ City Councilmember, a major milestone in one of California’s 25 most populous cities.

Bold names indicate openly LGBTQ+ candidates.

For a complete list of Equality California’s 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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