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Equality California Endorses Janessa Goldbeck for San Diego Board of Supervisors
Special Election on August 15 will fill vacant 4th District seat.
May 18, 2023 at 10:46 am

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May 18, 2023

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

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced today the endorsement of Equality California Board Member Janessa Goldbeck for the San Diego Board of Supervisors in District 4. Goldbeck is running for the vacant District 4 seat in a special election following the resignation of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

“Equality California is immensely proud to endorse Janessa Goldbeck for San Diego County Board of Supervisors. As an Equality California Board Member, Janessa has proven her commitment to creating a fully just and equal society for all LGBTQ+ Californians. Her unwavering commitment to service and a fierce focus on the most vulnerable is the kind of forward-thinking leadership we urgently need at this critical time,” said Equality California Executive Director Tony Hoang. “Janessa has fought for veterans, LGBTQ+ equality and women’s rights — and we are confident she’ll fight for all San Diegans once elected.”

“I’m deeply honored to have the endorsement of Equality California – a powerful champion for the LGBTQ+ community. I’ve dedicated my life to serving others, fighting for veterans, LGBTQ+ rights, and gender equality. It’s heartening to know that my commitment resonates with an organization that’s done so much to advance these same values in California,” said Janessa Goldbeck. “In District 4, where the vibrant heart of San Diego’s historic LGBTQ+ community resides, this endorsement holds special significance. I look forward to standing with Equality California as we work together to create a more inclusive, equitable San Diego County.”

Goldbeck is a decorated Marine Corps veteran who fought a policy banning women from top jobs in the military and stood up for victims of sexual assault as a Uniformed Victim Advocate. She is the CEO of Vet Voice Foundation, a national nonprofit organization with more than 1.5 million members that gives veterans and military families a bigger say on issues that matter to them. She serves on the board of MANA de San Diego, the San Diego LGBT Community Center, UCSD’s Chancellor’s Community Advisory Group, the San Diego Mayor’s LGBT Task Force, and the County of San Diego’s Behavioral Health Advisory Board. The special election will take place by August 15, 2023, and if no candidate receives a majority of the vote there will be a general election to occur by November 7, 2023.

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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