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Equality Kansas 2017 General Election Endorsements

Dear Equality Kansas members, allies and supporters –

Tuesday, November 7, is general election day for cities and local school boards.  Early and absentee voting begins this week.  Our endorsements for the election are below.

Equality Kansas, when making endorsements, considers a number of factors in weighing our decisions. In order of importance, we consider:

  • Voting record as a public official, and whether the candidate is a “friendly incumbent” running for reelection to their current office, who has voted for policies that are important to our mission. Issues evaluated are primarily non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, school bullying prevention inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, and relationship recognition.
  • Membership in Equality Kansas, or whether a candidate is openly LGBT;
  • Incumbent or former office holders who are running for a new office are evaluated on their historic voting record.
  • Responses to policy questionnaires sent to all candidates immediately after the June filing deadline;
  • Public statements regarding LGBT equality issues.

Our endorsement process in local elections is different from that in statewide and legislative elections. We depend on our members in our local chapters to submit names to our PAC, which then evaluates the candidates according to our regular PAC endorsement rules. Without a local request, our PAC does not evaluate candidates for endorsement in any given race.

Most endorsements decisions are relatively simple, especially for incumbents: They either vote with us or against us.

For newcomers, their questionnaire responses are key to our decision‑making process. We also consider voting records in prior offices held when a candidate is running for a different or higher office.

While we will consider public statements made by candidates, we never base our endorsements on private assurances of support.

We do not endorse in uncontested races, nor do we endorse in races where we either lack information on candidates or where we believe no candidate will represent the interests of the Kansas LGBT population.

Our endorsements are for the benefit of our membership, the Kansas LGBT community, and our friends and families.  We do not consider whether a candidate has sought our endorsement, nor do we withhold endorsements at any candidate request.

No matter who you vote for, get out and vote! Nothing changes in Kansas without your active participation.

City Council and Commission Races:

Michael Blanchard Gardner City Council
Chris Morrow Gardner Mayor
John Rios Kansas City Commissioner District 2
Sarah Kremer Kansas City Commissioner District 5
Mark Holland Kansas City Mayor
Kenny Kalb Maize City Council
Hillary Parker Thomas Mission City Council Ward 1
Steve Betzold Mission City Council Ward 2
Sollie Flora Mission City Council Ward 4
Libby  Albers Newton City Commission
Dennis Campbell North Newton City Council
DeAnn Mitchell Olathe City Council
Logan Heley Overland Park City Council Ward 1
Jen Hill Roeland Park City Council Ward 2
Claudia McCormack Roeland Park City Council Ward 3
Mike Kelly Roeland Park Mayor
Melissa Rose Hodges Salina City Commission
Aaron  Householter Salina City Commission
Lindsey Constance Shawnee City Council Ward 4
Karen Hiller Topeka City Council District 1
Aaron Mays Topeka City Council District 7
Michelle De La Isla Topeka Mayor
Jason Hannaman Westwood City Council
Jeff Harris Westwood City Council
Brandon J. Johnson Wichita City Council District 1
Cindy Claycomb Wichita City Council District 6

School Board and Community College District Races:

Lee Cross Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees
Paul Snider Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees
Angeliina Lawson Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees
Ron Rosales USD 259 District 6
Ben Blankley USD 259 District 1
Peter V. Grant USD 259 District 5
Maria Cecilia Ysaac USD 500
Rick Behrens USD 500
Mary Sinclair USD 512 Position 2
Heather Ousley USD 512 Position 6
Laura Guy USD 512 Position 4

 

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