Liberty City endorses primary candidates

Among Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club’s endorsements for the upcoming primary election is Malcolm Kenyatta, especially notable because if he wins, he will be the first openly gay person of color to serve in the state legislature.

The Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club announced its 2018 primary endorsements on April 9 at the William Way LGBT Community Center on April 9.

To earn Liberty City’s endorsement, Democratic candidates must fill out a questionnaire detailing his or her positions on a variety of issues; the club then holds a candidates’ night, where those seeking LGBT support come and talk to members.

Liberty City is an LGBT political-action committee that encourages and supports viable candidates for public office. The group focuses primarily on Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania candidates.

Malcolm Kenyatta is running for a seat in the State House for the 181st District, which covers the Feltonville, Francisville, Glenwood, Hunting Park, Kensington, Northern Liberties and West Poplar sections of North Philadelphia. 

“I think what’s important about the Liberty City endorsement process is that it’s done in a very open, member-focused way,” said Kenyatta. “People in that organization really care about who they support. Candidates are asked tough questions, both in their survey and in person.”

Kenyatta called Liberty City’s involvement “impactful,” not only in electing more LGBT candidates, but also in involving community allies. “I feel very humbled and proud to participate in their process. And I think their involvement is impactful.”

Pennsylvania’s primary elections will be held on May 15. 



Governor Tom Wolf


Lt. Governor No endorsement


U.S. Senator Bob Casey


U.S. Congressional

2nd DistrictBrendan Boyle

3rd DistrictDwight Evans

4th DistrictMadeleine Dean

5th DistrictRich Lazar

6th DistrictChrissy Houlahan

State Senate

2nd DistrictTina Tartaglio

4th DistrictArt Harwood

6th DistrictTina Davis

State House

154th DistrictStephen McCarter

161st DistrictLeann Krueger-Braneky

175th DistrictMike O’Brien

177th DistrictJoe Hohenstein

181st DistrictMalcolm Kenyatta

182nd DistrictBrian Sims

184th DistrictElizabeth Fiedler

188th DistrictJames Roebuck

191st DistrictJoanne McClinton

194th DistrictPam DiLicio

195th DistrictDonna Bullock

197th DistrictDanilo Burgos

200th DistrictChris Rabb