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77% of Equality PA Endorsed Candidates Win Primaries, 9 of 9 LGBTQ Candidates move on to November General Election

Equality PA congratulates the endorsed candidates who won their important elections during the 2018 Pennsylvania Primary.  John Dawe, interim executive director said, “We will continue to work to educate and activate voters to vote for candidates who support LGBTQ equality and to vote against candidates who have a record that contradicts our core values of fairness, equality, equity, and justice.”

“Equality Pennsylvania endorsed 44 candidates in the 2018 Pennsylvania primary election and 34 won,” said Dawe. “Even more exciting, we endorsed nine openly LGBTQ candidates and all nine won!”

Equality Pennsylvania endorsed candidates in several key elections including:

  • Lieutenant Governor: John Fetterman
  • U.S. Congress: Madeleine Dean (CD4)
  • PA Senate: Katie Muth (SD44)
  • PA House: Daniel Smith, Jr. (HD12)
  • PA House: Summer Lee (HD34)
  • PA House: Kyle Mullins (HD112)
  • PA House: Kristin Seale (HD168)
  • PA House: Helen Tai (HD178 Special Election)

“We’re especially excited about openly LGBTQ candidate Daniel Smith’s victory in the 12th Legislative District,” Dawe added. “For too long, Representative Daryl Metcalfe has used his position to block the Pennsylvania Fairness Act and spread anti-LGBTQ hate in state government. We look forward to backing Daniel moving forward.”

According to Dawe, endorsements not only serve as a metric for voters, but serve as a record for candidates.  During the endorsement process, candidates agree-in-writing to support LGBTQ- inclusive legislation and policies.  Equality Pennsylvania uses these questionnaires and responses to hold elected officials accountable to their constituents.

Endorsed candidates may be challenged for their endorsement until June 15th at which time, if uncontested, their endorsement carries over to the general election.  The organization may also opt to endorse moving forward at any point.  Any candidate who did not apply for endorsement during the primary or who wants to amend their application may do so at

About the Application Process: Applicants complete an endorsement questionaire containing a 25 scored objective section and 4 open-response questions scored on criteria determined by the endorsement committee and professional staff. Incumbent records are also scruitinized and scored. In the case of a tie, candidates who are openly LGBTQ, have previous public office experience, or are from underrepresented communities are favored.

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