After reviewing candidate questionnaires, hosting two candidate nights, and conducting a hybrid virtual/in-person endorsement meeting, Liberty City LGBTQ Democratic Club released their primary election endorsements April 21. Liberty City is the only Philadelphia organization exclusively committed to organizing LGBTQ+ Democrats.
“I am thrilled to announce the progressive slate of candidates that were endorsed by Liberty City,” Board Co-Chair Tariem Burroughs said in a press release. “These endorsed candidates have continued to show their dedication to the LGBTQ+ community and progressive causes, and Liberty City and our members are excited to get to work on making sure these folks get elected.”
The club’s endorsements are: US Senate: Malcolm Kenyatta; US Congress: Dwight Evans (PA-03), Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05); Governor: Josh Shapiro; Lt. Governor: Brian Sims; State Representative: Gregory Scott (HD-54), Lisa Borowski (HD-168), Mary Isaacson (HD-175), Joe Hohenstein (HD-177), Deja Alvarez (HD-182), Elizabeth Fiedler (HD-184), Rick Krajewski (HD-188), Roni Green (HD-190), Tarik Khan (HD-194), Danilo Burgos (HD-197), Chris Rabb (HD-200), and Andre Carroll (HD-201).
The endorsement meeting took place April 20 in-person at William Way Community Center, as well as via Zoom for people who could not attend in-person. Members voted via web form on motions to endorse candidates.
“This was our first hybrid in-person and virtual endorsement meeting, and the process was nearly perfect,” Liberty City board member Ted Bordelon told PGN. ”I’d like to give a shoutout to two people behind the scenes who handled most of our tech, Micah Majoubian and Howard Moseley.”
The organization plans to hold Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts over the next few weeks to support their endorsed candidates and increase voter turnout. Midterm elections have historically lower turnout than Presidential elections.
“Liberty City is poised to again act as the hub for LGBTQ Democrats who are looking to get involved and make a difference in 2022 and beyond,” Bordelon said. “The stakes in Pennsylvania couldn’t be higher this year, with the Governor’s mansion, Toomey’s Senate seat and so many other races down the ballot in play.”