LGBT Dems Endorse Candidates in Local Races

by ARLnow.com July 19, 2011 at 9:38 am 3,592 46 Comments

The LGBT Democrats of Virginia and the Virginia Partisans PAC announced a series of endorsements in local races for state Senate and the House of Delegates this morning.

The PAC has endorsed Del. Adam Ebbin, who’s running in the 30th state Senate district and Jaime Areizaga-Soto, who’s running in the 31st state Senate district. The group also endorsed both candidates who are running in the 49th House of Delegates district: Alfonso Lopez and Stephanie Clifford.

While saying that Ebbin’s two primary opponents — Rob Krupicka and Libby Garvey — would be “strong allies,” and while expressing confidence that Areizaga-Soto’s opponent — Barbara Favola — would “vote on the side of equality” — the LGBT Dems nonetheless sided with Ebbin and Areizaga-Soto.

See the group’s press release, after the jump.

The Virginia Partisans, PAC of LGBT Democrats of Virginia, today announced endorsements of Delegate Adam Ebbin for the 30th State Senate District and Army JAG Lt. Colonel Jaime Areizaga-Soto for the 31st State Senate district primaries, and a dual endorsement for both Alfonso Lopez and Stephanie Clifford in the 49th House of Delegates District primary.

In the 30th Senate District, the Virginia Partisans have unanimously endorsed Delegate Adam Ebbin. Board Member Tom Osborne explained, “While all three candidates are very strong allies and would represent our issues well in the State Senate, Delegate Ebbin is currently the only openly gay member of the General Assembly.” Further, “we will not always choose an openly LGBT candidate over a straight ally, but we do believe that it is vital for our community to have a voice in Richmond and at least one seat at the table. Our endorsement of Adam Ebbin for Senate reflects our commitment to that belief.”

In the 31st Senate District, the Virginia Partisans have endorsed Jaime Areizaga-Soto. “In this race we have two candidates who we know will vote on the side of equality and serve the LGBT community well. Jaime Areizaga-Soto stands out, however, for making equality a core part of his campaign from its inception. He has demonstrated that our issues are a top priority and he will focus on them while serving his constituents in Richmond,” said President Tiffany M. Joslyn. She went on to say, “in addition, as a member of the Latino community, Jaime offers a unique perspective that is very much similar to that of our own community.”

In the 49th House of Delegates District, the Virginia Partisans reached the unanimous decision to endorse both candidates, Alfonso Lopez and Stephanie Clifford, in recognition of strong pro-equality credentials that transcend the need to pick one candidate over the other. “Both candidates have shown themselves to be pro-equality and to have our issues at the forefront of their campaigns,” said Immediate Past President Terry Mansberger. “We would like to thank Alfonso Lopez for his work on the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Steering Committee to help the LGBT caucus get a seat at the Steering Committee table. We would also like to thank Stephanie Clifford. She made LGBT issues a core part of her platform from day one and has demonstrated her commitment to our community at every turn. Both of these candidates would be strong allies. We look forward to working with either Alfonso or Stephanie in Richmond.”

Ebbin and Areizaga-Soto are seeking the Democratic nomination for the 30th and 31st State Senate seats, vacant due to the retirement of long-time Senators Patsy Ticer and Mary Margaret Whipple. The 30th Senate District stretches from South Arlington to Mount Vernon and includes the city of Alexandria and parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties. The 31st Senate District is majority Arlington County and includes portions of Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Clifford and Lopez are vying for the seat left open by Adam Ebbin in the 49th District, which now includes most of South Arlington and portions of Fairfax County. These districts are all heavily Democratic and the winners of the August 23rd Democratic primary are expected to sail to victory in November. Virginia is an open primary state and the deadline for registration is August 1st.

All candidates seeking the endorsement of the Virginia Partisans PAC are required to submit the PAC’s 2011 Endorsement Questionnaire. Questionnaires of the above endorsed candidates, and all other candidates seeking endorsement, are available online at: http://lgbtvadem.org/virginia-partisans/endorsements/. Endorsements by the Virginia Partisans PAC do not constitute endorsements from the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

The Virginia Partisans was founded more than 20 years ago as a voice for gay Democrats, initially in Northern Virginia. Today, the Virginia Partisans PAC is a statewide Political Action Committee affiliated with LGBT Democrats of Virginia, a project created in partnership with the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia, an affiliate of National Stonewall Democrats. In recent years, the Virginia Partisans has raised and spent more than $100,000 to support the election of pro-equality Democrats at the local, state and national levels from Virginia.

This is a critical election year for Virginia’s LGBT community. Currently, Democrats hold a mere two seat advantage in the State Senate and the Republicans control both the Governor’s mansion and the House of Delegates. With the entire Virginia general assembly up for election this November and the State Senate hanging in the balance, the Partisans are dedicated to raising 40 for 40—$40,000 for the 40 Virginia State Senate seats—to keep the Virginia Senate blue. The Partisans recently raised over $21,000 at its first of a series of fundraisers dedicated to this goal and will use funds raised to support pro-equality Democrats on the ballot this November. More information can be found at www.lgbtvadem.org.

  • Tabby

    What would I have done without this information.

    • Not Lyin’ Steve

      Continue to remain ignorant?

  • I wish the gays would come up with a better flag than that rainbow design.

    • nauckneighbor

      As a gay man, I agree with you 100%! (which actually scares me a little bit TGEoA) However, Pink Triangles are pretty awlful as well.

      • nauckneighbor

        awful, god I can’t spell when I write comments.

    • AllenB

      I have to agree as well. The flag is pretty tired but I don’t see any better alternatives.

    • ArlForester

      Or maybe not have a flag. Why advertise? Is there a flag for heteros?

      • redneck

        Hell yeah, the Merkin flag is fer heteros!

      • Maria

        I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic, so I’ll just assume you aren’t.

        People display flags for all types of things they feel are important to them and that they are proud of, whether it’s something on the “inside,” like ancestry, or something on the “outside,” like sports teams, colleges, etc. Maybe gay people who display the flag do so because it’s an aspect of their lives that is vital to who they are and they are proud of. Not gay, so just guessing.

        Before I say this next part, I want to be clear that I am NOT TRYING TO START AN ARGUMENT about the merits of these things; I’m trying to answer a question.

        The reason there’s no flag for heterosexuals is the same as why there are clubs geared towards racial minorities (BSA, etc.) and generally few specifically geared towards white people; initially, the clubs/colleges/etc. for minorities were created because they didn’t have access to the other clubs… only white people did, so while they maybe weren’t explicitly for white people, they were in reality. So same thing for flags… straight people don’t “need” a flag because most things are already geared towards straight people (like how many advertisements do you see with gay couples vs. straight couples, for example?).

        I don’t know if my point is coming across right. Hmm.

        • Eagle

          I don’t find that the Boy Scouts are necessarily geared toward minorities.

          • Maria

            Haha! Definitely not.

            Black Student Alliance.

        • AllenB

          Well put, Maria.

        • Cherrydale Ken

          I couldn’t have said it better myself, Maria.

      • doodly

        If you want a flag for heteros, make one and fly it.

  • Steve

    I’m curious what the illegal immigrant darlings of the left think of gay marriage/etc..

    • Josh S

      OK, I’ll bite.

      What’s the connection?

      • LVGuy

        DUH. He’s trying to prove a POINT. And that POINT is to make us liberals look FOOLISH. It doesn’t HAVE to make SENSE.

      • AllenB

        Please don’t.

    • PikerShorts

      They just don’t want the gays to use the El Salvadoran flag

    • The Dope of South Arlington

      Any illegal alien against gay marriage shouldn’t marry a homosexual.

    • Again?

      Steve, haven’t you been kicked off ArlNow a couple times already for tasteless comments?

  • bob

    I got this wrong yesterday, but Soto was a jag officer?

    Almost every JAG I know has spent the last 10 years rooting out gays in the military. They complain about it– having to look at CDs full of gay porn. Or even more disgusting evidence.

    I think it’s funny that the LGBT would endorse someone who engaged in very anti-gay activities for his professional career.

    • nauckneighbor

      Wow, a job where all you do is watch gay porn. Sign me up

      However, what are JAG officers doing watching gay porn?

      • bob

        evidence that a servicemember is gay.

        • doodly

          Sure. That’s why.

        • Vicente Fox

          Wait, if I watch “Big Booty Ghetto Ho’s” does that make me black?

        • Vinh An Nguyen

          So if you watch gay porn it proves I’m gay? I don’t follow the logic.

          • doodly


    • AllenB

      To be clear, I do like gays – I’m one of them. But my guess is that there are plenty of JAG officers who did more than root out gays in the military and watch gay porn. Though I agree with nauckneighbor that if my job caused me to watch hours of gay porn, I’d be A-OK with that.

      While I don’t support Areizaga-Soto, I will also guess that the VA Partisans did their homework on his views and his previous work.

      • doodly

        You can bet there’s been a JAG or two out there who watched gay porn but wasn’t doing it to root out gays, if you know what I mean.

        • AllenB

          WHAT?!?! Are you implying that some of them may actually have enjoyed it?!?! How dare you!

    • doodly

      Yes, you like gays, because there is someone you know and like who is gay but you don’t know it.

      • Eagle

        Good point.

        Unfortunately, you can be fairly sure that when bob finds out that person is gay, he’ll stop liking them.

        And he’ll never even contemplate how twisted that is.

        • doodly

          Yes, much like finding out a servicemember with an exemplary record serving his or her country is gay and suddenly they’re a threat.

          • Steve

            Bradley Manning is gay, and he committed treason.

          • bob

            Which is why we needed a ban on gays in the military and security services.

            That being said, again, what was Areizaga-Soto position on DADT and his actions while as a JAG officer. Kicking gay people out of the military isn’t consistent with being endorsed by LGBT groups.

            If he was opposed to the policy, why was he in the JAG corps?

            Was he lying then, or is he lying now?

            Those are serious political questions that should be asked.

            And for the record, I hate Babs. And I hate republicans too.

          • LEB

            Comments below are the sort of extremism that is screwing up politics today. A JAG officer does not make policy or law. One does not join the Army and the JAG Corps to prove or not prove some political point. It would be illegal to take a public position on such issues while in uniform.

            Referring to a military officer as a “liar” for performing his duty under law is offensive and unacceptable.
            “what was Areizaga-Soto position on DADT and his actions while as a JAG officer. Kicking gay people out of the military isn’t consistent with being endorsed by LGBT groups.

            If he was opposed to the policy, why was he in the JAG corps?

            Was he lying then, or is he lying now?”

          • AllenB

            Well, I’m gay and I woke up this morning. Two things no more related then what you stated above, Steve.

          • modestproposal

            Julius and Ethel Rosenberg also committed treason, so I guess we should ban anyone who is Jewish or married while we’re at it.

          • doodly

            So did white male Christian Benedict Arnold.

            There, now 99.9% of the armed services is banned.

          • doodly

            Oh, wait, there’s still black people. Five blacks were with John Brown in his raid on Harper’s Ferry. There, now we’re pretty much left with women. I’m sure I can find a female convicted of treason and we can empty the place entirely.

          • bob

            I would suggest anyone with an unhealthy attachment to Israel — like Jonathan Pollard — should be banned as well.

          • modestproposal

            Don’t forget Mildred Gillars, a.k.a. “Axis Sally”!

            I for one welcome our new all-hermaphrodite military.

          • Juanita de Talmas

            Ever here the phrase “innocent until proven guilty”?

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  • Bringmetheyuppies

    VA partisans is a sausagefest. Surprised they endorsed Clifford.


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