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Equality California Endorses Five Openly LGBTQ+ Trailblazers for Local Offices
August 19, 2020 at 7:51 am

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August 19, 2020

CONTACT: Joshua Stickney, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (405) 315-4151/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES, Calif.  Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, announced the endorsement of five openly LGBTQ+ champions for local offices across California. The endorsements come just 76 days before the November 3, 2020 election. 

Oakland City Council, At-Large: Rebecca Kaplan
Tracy City Council, At Large: William Muetzenberg
San Francisco Community College Board: Tom Temprano
San Francisco Community College Board: Shanell Williams
Desert Healthcare District 2020, Zone 1: Dr. Les Zendle

Names shown in bold indicate an openly LGBTQ candidate.

Equality California released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur:

“Equality California is thrilled to officially endorse Rebecca Kaplan, William Muetzenberg, Tom Temprano, Shannell Williams and Dr. Les Zendle. They have shown themselves to be incredible advocates for our LGBTQ+ community and the diverse communities to which we belong. We look forward to the election of each of these candidates in November and urge everyone who can to vote for these amazing trailblazers.”

For a full list of Equality California’s 2020 endorsements to date, 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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