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Equality PA to Candidates: Apply for General Election Endorsements

Equality Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth’s leading organization fighting for fairness, equality, equity, and justice for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians is accepting applications from candidates for political office in the 2018 Election Cycle.   

Candidates endorsed in the primary election can be found at http://EqualityVoter.com.  

With the exception of Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. Senator, and certain Congressional races, all endorsements made prior to May 15, 2018 are for the Primary Election ONLY.  Endorsement applications for the general election (for Primary endorsees) will carry over for consideration for the General Election.

If no opponent has applied for endorsement by the deadline of June 3, 2018, the primary endorsement will automatically be endorsed.

Applications for General Election Endorsements are available below. 

There are different forms for different offices, so please be sure you choose the correct one!

A few suggestions:

  • Candidates with questions should contact John Dawe at jdawe@equalitypa.org.  Due to the volume of endorsement requests and in fairness to all applicants: no phone calls, please.
  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to watch the video “Talking about LGBTQ Issues In Pennsylvania” before completing the questionnaire.
  • Candidates should complete the questionnaire themselves and should elborate wherever possible with comments.  A candidate who demonstrates a deep understanding of the issues at hand will likely be favored over someone who simply says “Yes.” or “No.”

About the 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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