Out candidates receive Liberty City endorsement

On Thursday the Liberty City Democratic Club announced its endorsements for the 2015 primary election.

Among the most notable candidates it endorsed were Jim Kenney for mayor; out candidates Sherrie Cohen and Paul Steinke, and out-spoken ally Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown for City Council-at-Large. Chris Mallios, Daniel Clifford and Court of Common Pleas Judge Abbe Fletman — all openly gay — were also endorsed for the judicial races.

“Philadelphia is the most LGBT-friendly city in the nation and that is due in large part to the hard work and leadership of Jim Kenny,” said Liberty City co-chair Sara Jacobson. “Liberty City members overwhelmingly voted to endorse Jim Kenny and look forward to hitting the streets, neighborhood by neighborhood, to elect Kenny Mayor of Philadelphia.”

LCDC also endorsed candidate Helen Gym and current City Councilman Bill Greenlee for City Council-at-large, as well as current councilmembers Kenyatta Johnson (2nd Dist.) and Maria Quinones-Sanchez (7th Dist.)

For Philadelphia City Commissioner, LCDC endorsed Lisa Deeley and Carol Jenkins.

Out candidates Chris Mallios, Judge Abbe Fletman and Daniel Clifford (Montgomery County) secured endorsements for the Court of Common Pleas judicial races.  

LCDC also endorsed Kevin Dougherty and Anne Lazarus for Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Alice Beck Dubow for Pennsylvania Superior Court; R. Todd Eagan for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court; James Berardinelli, Daine Grey, Anthony Kyriakakis, Brian Ortelere, Rainy Papademetriou, Kenneth Powell, Mia Roberts-Perez, Stephanie Sawyer, Kai Scott and Stella Tsai for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County; Joffee Pittman and Dan Sulman for Philadelphia Municipal Court.

“We had a spirited and robust discussion on which candidates to endorse for such important elected positions — many of which will have a direct impact on the hundreds of thousands of LGBT Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth,” said Liberty City co-chair Tony Campisi. “We will now begin to implement an aggressive GOTV operation on behalf of all our endorsed candidates.” 

Visit www.libertycity.org for more information.