The Gay and
Lesbian Victory Fund, a political action committee that
works to elect LGBT politicians, has endorsed over 100
local, state, and national candidates vying for office
in November, including South Carolina's Linda Ketner
(pictured) and Colorado's Jared Polis.
This slate of
candidates represents the Victory Fund's largest
number of endorsements ever. On this surge of gay
candidates, Chuck Wolfe, the Victory Fund's
president and CEO, said in a release, "Reaching this
milestone is a testament to a new attitude in our
community about how to achieve political change. We don't
have to accept sitting on the sidelines and hoping
others will do the heavy lifting. We can roll up our
sleeves and do it ourselves."
Wolfe says his
group plans on endorsing even more office-seekers as the
November 4 election nears.
candidates the Victory Fund is tracking and supporting is
Linda Ketner, a Democratic businesswoman hoping to
represent her eastern South Carolina district in the
U.S. House of Representatives. Another Democratic
businessman seeking a seat in the U.S. House of
Representatives -- and a big priority for the Victory Fund
-- is Jared Polis, who will represent the Boulder,
Colo., area in Congress if elected.
As of press time,
Polis is predicted to be the clear winner in his race.
Other races on
the Victory Fund's agenda:
Sara Orozco --
state senate, Massachusetts. Orozco would be the only
openly LGBT state senator in the Bay State. She faces a
notoriously antigay incumbent.
John Perez --
state assembly, California. If elected, Perez would become
the first openly LGBT person of color elected to the
Andrew Martin --
state assembly, Nevada. Martin would be the only out
state representative if he wins his race.
Click here for a more
comprehensive list of the Victory Fund's endorsements. (Neal
Broverman, The Advocate)