The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund is endorsing 85 LGBT candidates this political season. Considered an unprecedented high for an off-year election, the list includes Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Washington State Senator Ed Murray.
“It’s definitely on at the Victory Fund,” said Victory Fund Political Director Lucinda Guinn in a press release. “We’re working hard this year to help build up heroes in places where equality is late in arriving. Places where these candidates can be the spark to help their own communities move toward equality.”
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund works to advance the equality movement by endorsing LGBT candidates running for public office.
“We have a set of criteria for endorsing candidates,” said Victory Fund spokesperson Jeff Spitko in a press release. “We want to confirm that they are qualified, have a campaign plan and a path to victory. We want to make sure they are viable.”
On the list of 85 candidates, 18 have already won primaries, 14 have won general elections, and one candidate won in a run-off election. Nine candidates have lost in the primary election while three have lost in the general election.
Two prominent LGBT candidates no longer in the running include New York mayoral candidate Christine Quinn and Massachusetts state representative Carl Sciortino Jr. who was aiming for a US House of Representatives seat.
To see the full list of candidates endorsed by the Victory Fund for the November 5 Election Day, click here.