Mayoral candidates' LGBT questionnaire is out
As we get closer to election day and endorsements for candidates are still under consideration, the Liberty City Democratic Club (LCDC) released its 2015 Democratic primary election questionnaire.
Candidates will be asked questions that cover civil rights, health and social services, violence and policing, families and youth, and economic and community development.
Questions range from “Do you consider transgender rights a civil rights issue?,” to “Do you support school sex education and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs?” or “How will you ensure that the city offers domestic violence shelter services to LGBT people?”
For the past two decades Liberty City has polled national, state, and local Democratic candidates on the issues that matter the most to the LGBT community.
“We encourage each and every municipal and judicial candidate to seriously consider each and every question, because their answers will be key to receiving the club’s primary endorsement,” said Wade Albert, Endorsement Committee co-chair.
So far we know that Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal gave an early endorsement to James Kenney, who was praised for his LGBT Equality LGBT Bill approval in 2013 and the city-wide LGBT-specific hate crimes legislation in 2014.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund made endorsements in five races across the country, including candidates from Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Philadelphia candidates to City Council at-large seats, Sherrie Cohen and Paul Steinke, got the nod. If elected they would become the first openly-LGBT persons elected to city-wide office.
Completed questionnaires are due to the LCDC by March 9, and can be downloaded at Liberty City.
LCDC will hold three candidate nights on March 12, 18, and 25 in advance of the club’s spring endorsement meeting on April 16. All four meetings will be held at the William Way LGBT Community Center (1315 Spruce St.) starting at 6 p.m.