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Each year, more and more LGBTQ candidates are running for and being elected to serve in local, state and federal offices. And 2022 does not look different.
In the 2021 election cycle, there are over 1,000 LGBTQ representatives in the United States. Several LGBTQ pioneers are running for election in 2022; here are five candidates to watch this year.
Current Position: Buncombe County Commissioner
Position Sought: United States House of Representatives, District 14
After serving as Buncombe County Commissioner in North Carolina, Jasmine Beach-Ferrera changes and runs for the United States House of Representatives.
Beach-Ferrara, who is lesbian, was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. She is also an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and founding executive director of the Southern Equality Campaign.
She said it was a “huge honor” to serve as County Commissioner. During his tenure, Beach-Ferrara lobbied for a policy focused on early childhood education and response to opioid epidemics, as well as pandemic relief projects.
“Local government is such a powerful part of the way government operates in our country. It’s so immediate in terms of impacting people’s lives so quickly, ”she said. “Personally, I really love having the opportunity to serve in this way and it has been a great motivation for me in terms of why I am now looking to serve at the federal level.
If elected, Beach-Ferrara wants to focus on building bridges and listening to what her constituents need, which are necessary priorities that have been lost under the toxic leadership of the state, she said.
During her election campaign, Beach-Ferrara said her absence was a great strength for her.
“The power of people running in and out is that the moment you step out, you communicate a few things… honesty and authenticity, and let people know that you are presenting yourself exactly as you are,” he said. she declared.
Current position: Mayor of Long Beach, California.
Position Wanted: United States House of Representatives, CA-42
Mayor Robert Garcia is a candidate for the United States House of Representatives.
As mayor of Long Beach, Calif., Garcia forged a national model for testing and deploying COVID-19 vaccination. Long Beach was the first municipality to vaccinate educators in California. He is also the first mayor of Long Beach to appoint a majority of women to the board of directors and committees.
Garcia, who is gay, immigrated to the United States from Peru at the age of five. Becoming a citizen was “the best thing that ever happened to him,” he said. Now he’s showing up to Congress to help give people the same opportunities he has.
“Patriotism is helping people. It is about taking care of your neighbor. It’s about standing up for the values that made this country and that includes supporting children like me who are immigrants, ”Garcia said.
If elected, Garcia wants to focus on building infrastructure like he did as mayor, expanding LGBTQ rights, and providing pathways to citizenship for undocumented people.
“I understand the immigration system because I’ve been through it,” Garcia said. “I know how people struggle and how people navigate a complex and burdensome system. “
Michele Rayner Goolsby
Current Position: Florida House of Representatives, District 70
Position Wanted: United States House of Representatives, FL-13
Former civil rights lawyer Michele Rayner-Goolsby wants to bring a fresh perspective to Congress.
Currently as the first queer black representative to the Florida legislature, her priority is standing up for her constituents.
“People crave a different kind of leadership – which is rooted in community, which is rooted in transparency, which is rooted in accountability,” she said.
Rayner-Goolsby’s experience as a queer black woman is her “best strength,” she said.
“I had to fight and win everything I ever had in my life,” she said. It shapes the way I think about politics and legislation. “
As a state representative, Rayner-Goolsby led the COVID-19 pop-up vaccine distribution sites and passed laws like an urban agriculture bill to bring community gardens to food deserts and a project Workforce Development Act that establishes a learning approach to becoming a certified practical nurse.
If elected, Rayner-Goolsby wants to craft legislation that lasts longer than her tenure, she said. She wants to pass comprehensive voting rights legislation, environmental justice protections and tackle the affordable housing crisis.
“We have to find creative solutions,” she said. “And we have to have the political will to understand it. It’s not the lack of resources, it’s the lack of political will.
Current Position: Colorado House of Representatives, District 27
Position Sought: Colorado House of Representatives, District 27
Brianna Titone, the incumbent of the Colorado Legislature, is seeking re-election after serving District 27 for two terms.
Titone is the first transgender person to be elected to the Colorado Statehouse.
After seeing three trans people win the election in 2017, Titone got the idea to run for state seat. His background as a geologist and his personal identity have combined to give him a unique and powerful skill set.
“As a scientist, I am able to understand and examine the data,” Titone said. “And as a trans person, I know how to empathize with people’s issues and concerns. “
One of his greatest accomplishments was to bring back and pass the bill banning the “defense of gay and trans panics” after the legislation was nearly killed.
“I begged the Senate and House leadership to put this bill back on schedule. And we were able to do it, ”she said. “I wasn’t going to let this problem wait another year for it to be fixed.”
Titone has also been at the forefront of fighting efforts to remove trans children from sport.
“I’m a big advocate for communities coming together,” Titone said. “And sport is a great way for people to come together and rally with people in their community. When we leave children behind or force them to quit this kind of activity, we really undermine the community.
Current position: Entrepreneur
Position Sought: Florida State House of Representatives, District 100
Todd Delmay, father, husband and entrepreneur, has been at the forefront of LGBTQ advocacy for years.
Delmay, who is gay, adopted his son from his partner in 2010 while it was still illegal in Florida. Delmay’s husband adopted their son Blake as a single parent, and Delmay was told to bring some friends and “go in the background” so as not to arouse suspicion. Later that year the law was overturned and Delmay adopted Blake as his second parent, but the process was humiliating and upsetting, he said.
In 2014, Delmay and his partner were among the couples who filed a lawsuit for the right to marry in Florida. In 2015, Delmay and her husband were one of the first gay couples to marry in the state.
“It was a pretty exciting time,” Delmay said.
Delmay is excited to bring his unique perspective as a gay parent to State House, he said. Adoption rights, for example, is an issue that Delmay can speak to personally.
“When LGBTQ people are in the room, it changes the conversation,” Delmay said.
Delmay is the CEO of Delmay Corporation, an event technology and software company. If elected, Delmay hopes to support small businesses, pass environmental legislation and fight for civil rights.
“It’s important that the legislature always reflects the people because there are so many different perspectives,” Delmay said. “And if we have any hope of making the state blue, we need to make sure that we speak to everyone and that the legislature represents everyone.”