Each election cycle provides us the important opportunity to help elect candidates who will work for the full social, economic, and political inclusion of LGBTQ people in society throughout the state of Arizona.Helping to elect pro-LGBTQ candidates is one of the most important things we do. Pro-LGBTQ candidates understand the intersectional nature of the LGBTQ community and the complex intersectional issues that impact our lives.
Equality Arizona engages in election work in many ways, including coaching of candidates, cultivation of candidates, and assessing candidates for their capacity to be active advocates for LGBTQ equality.
To identify, support, and assess pro-LGBTQ candidates we:
- Research candidates based on their previous voting records, public statements, and surveys on issues critical to LGBTQ inclusion.
- Endorse candidates who commit to working for full LGBTQ inclusion in society through intersectional issues including fighting poverty, discrimination, and violence (including state sanctioned violence).
- Focus our resources in key, targeted races that are most critical to our mission and that can have the most impact. Resources include financial support, as well as organizing grassroots efforts and other strategies.
This endorsement process not only enables us to identify candidates who support full LGBTQ inclusion, but also helps us hold them accountable once elected.
In addition to supporting candidates that will advance LGBTQ equality, we bring to light candidates whose positions work to discriminate against and restrict the lives of LGBTQ people. All of this work enables us to better equip voters with their ballot selections.
2018 Candidate Survey
The 2018 candidate survey was sent via email to all qualified candidates to the address on file with the body that regulates that election. Each candidate is responsible for submitting their responses before the deadline. The congressional and statewide candidate survey will be released on August 13th, 2018. You can access the survey here.
The local and city candidate surveys will be released later in the fall.
Equality Arizona Advocacy Fund PAC
Equality Arizona Advocacy Fund PAC supports candidates for public office on the state and local levels. Through the Equality Arizona Advocacy Fund PAC, we make endorsements in statewide races, legislative races, and city council races throughout Arizona.
To support our efforts electing pro-LGBTQ and fair-minded candidates, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or donate online today and designate a portion of your contribution for the Equality Arizona PAC.