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Equality Pennsylvania Endorses 34 Candidates for May 20th Primary Election, Calls out Mark Critz for Anti-LGBT Votes

Philadelphia – Today Equality Pennsylvania announced endorsed candidates for the 2014 primary election. The 33 candidates represent geographical diversity throughout the state, and several of the endorsed candidates identify as members of the LGBT community. (Noted with italics.)

Ted Martin, Executive Director of Equality PA, stated, “Our endorsement process puts candidates on the record for LGBT equality. In some key races this year, like the race for Governor, Lt. Governor, and the 13th Congressional District, Equality PA did not make an endorsement because there are so many candidates in those races who support LGBT equality—with one clear exception. We believe that Mark Critz does not deserve the vote of any LGBT person or ally in the commonwealth. Mark Critz’s record of voting against the LGBT community and women is clear. Mark Critz voted against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he voted to prohibit the use of funds to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, and he voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. “

Jessica Rothchild, President of Equality PA’s advocacy board, added, “We encourage the 60,000 Equality Pennsylvania members from around the state to volunteer, donate, or spread the word for our endorsed candidates and all equality champions. Since 2010, we have helped to elect numerous candidates to local, state and federal offices, and the impressive list of candidates we’re endorsing this election cycle will all make excellent elected officials.”

Adanjesus Marin, President of Equality Pennsylvania’s Education Fund Board, noted, “We were very happy with the number of candidates who applied for endorsement this cycle. We believe that the increased interest is an indication that elected leaders are taking the LGBT community and our concerns seriously and understand that our votes matter.”

Equality PA Endorsed Candidates for May 2014 Primary Election:

Central Pennsylvania:

Jill Bartoli – State House, 199th – Cumberland County
Patty Kim – State House, 103rd – Dauphin County (Incumbent)
Kelly McEntee- State House, 105th – Dauphin County
Linda Small – State Senate, 28th – York County
Joshua Young – State House, 74th – Chester County

Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania:

Leslie Altieri – State House, 138th – Northampton County
Michael Beyer – State House, 131st – Lehigh and Northampton Counties
Scott Brion  – US House of Representatives, (PA-10)
Pat Browne – State Senate, 16th – Lehigh County
Eileen Cipriani – State House, 120th – Luzerne County
Matt Cartwright – US House of Representatives, (PA-17) (Incumbent)
Brian Kresge – State House, 37th – Lancaster County
Dan McNeill – State House, 133rd  – Lehigh and Northampton Counties (Incumbent)
J. Rizzo Mertz – State House, 100th – Lancaster County
Mike Schlossberg – State House, 132nd – Lehigh County (Incumbent)
Manan Trivedi – US House of Representatives, (PA-06)

Philadelphia and Southeast Pennsylvania:
Mark Cohen – State House, 202nd – Philadelphia County (Incumbent)
Whitney Hoffman – State House, 160th – Chester and Delaware Counties
John Kane – State Senate, 26th – Chester and Delaware Counties
Leanne Kruegar-Braneky – State House, 161st – Delaware County
Stephen McCarter – State House, 154th – Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties (Incumbent)
Brian Sims – State House, 182nd – Philadelphia County (Incumbent)
Mark Painter – State House, 146th  – Montgomery County (Incumbent)
Vince Rongione – State House, 163rd  – Delaware County
Frederick Sheeler – State House, 5th – Berks County

Western Pennsylvania:
Mike Doyle  – US House of Representatives, (PA-14)
Ed Gainey – State House, 24th – Allegheny County (Incumbent)
Daniel LaVallee – US House of Representatives, (PA-03)
Dan Miller – State House, 42nd – Allegheny County (Incumbent)
Erin Molchany – State House, 36th – Allegheny County (Incumbent)
Michael Muha – State Senate, 50th – Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties
Adam Ravenstahl – State House, 20th – Allegheny County (Incumbent)
Jonathan Ruth – State House, 68th – Bradford and Tioga Counties
Jesse White – State House, 46th – Allegheny, Beaver, and Washington Counties (Incumbent)



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