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Lambda Democratic Club of Contra Costa County
Releases Official Candidate Endorsements
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 30th 2018)
The Lambda Democratic Club, the first and only LGBTQ Democratic Club of Contra Costa County CA held a historic membership vote last week in Richmond for their first official endorsement of local, State, and U.S. candidates for the 2018 elections.
The general membership meeting was held in Richmond CA last Wednesday on April 25th and several of the candidates were in attendance to greet the crowd gathered, speak about their campaign, and answer questions. After all the candidates spoke, voting was opened.
Lambda Dems President, Cesar Zepeda formally welcomed the crowd. Several Board members and Officers of the Lambda Dems were also on hand heralding a huge milestone for the Club who just celebrated their first year recently.
Robyn Kuslits, Lambda Dems Vise President stated-
“These endorsements show the incredible number of candidates taking a stand for LGBTQI rights and progressive leadership at the County, State, and Federal level. We look forward to continuing this important work for many years to come, ensuring our elected representatives reflect the values that we hold dear.”
You can see all candidate endorsements here: http://www.lambdademocrats.com/
For more information please contact:
Jack Rednour-Bruckman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lambda Democratic Board Officer & Secretary
Lambda Democratic Club Board Members with County Supervisor John Gioia, Senior Dir. Office of Education Lynn Mackey, District Attorney Honorable Diane Becton, and Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb at the Candidate Endorsement Forum in Richmond CA on April 25, 2018.
Lambda Democratic Club of Contra Costa County Officially Endorses the following Candidates:
Gavin Newsom for Governor
Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor
Alex Padilla for Secretary of State
Betty Yee for Controller
Fiona Ma for Treasurer
Xavier Becerra for Attorney General
Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner
Malia Cohen for Board of Equalization
Dianne Feinstein for U.S. Senator
Mark DeSaulnier U.S. Representative
Jim Frazier for Assembly District 11
Tim Grayson for Assembly District 14
Judy Appel for Assembly District 15
Rebecca Bauer-Kahan for Assembly District 16
Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Lynn Mackey for Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools
Ayore Riaunda for Contra Costa County Auditor-Controller
Diana Becton for Contra Costa County District Attorney
John Gioia for Contra Costa County Supervisor District 1
For immediate release:
First Openly Gay Man and Filipino American Mayor of City of El Cerrito
EL CERRITO, CA December 21, 2017: The Lambda Democratic Club of Contra Costa County and the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club congratulate Councilmember Gabriel Quinto on being selected as 2018’s mayor during the reorganization of the city council. Gabriel Quinto is El Cerrito’s first Filipino American and openly gay man mayor as well as the third mayor of color in its 100 year history. Gabriel Quinto has been a member of the Lambda Democratic Club of Contra Costa County since its inception, and a pass board member of Stonewall Democratic Club.
“Mayor Quinto has broken many glass ceilings. Being the first to break glass ceilings is not easy, but his strong leadership has set a solid foundation for many generations to come,” said Cesar Zepeda, President of Lambda Democratic Club.
The ceremony was held on, Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00 pm at El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, in El Cerrito, California.
Please join us Wednesday, October 25th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, at the Rainbow Community Center (2118 Willow Pass Rd, Concord)
In addition to normal club business, we will have a special guest sharing and talking with us about our LGBTQI history and holding an election for our club’s AD14 Pre-Endorsement Caucus Delegate.*[maxbutton id=”1″ url=”https://www.facebook.com/events/855597971285743/” ]
For immediate release:
LGBTQI Democratic Clubs of Contra Costa, Alameda, and Solano County Respond to Trump Tweets Banning Transgender Military Service
Concord, CA July 28, 2017: This week, President Trump issued several statements via Twitter banning transgender people from serving in the military. “After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military,” President Trump wrote.
The Lambda Democratic Club of Contra Costa County convened a special board meeting in response to the administration’s reversal of the Obama Administration’s 2016 policy allowing transgender service members to openly serve in the military. The Lambda Democratic Club board voted unanimously to take immediate action with its membership throughout Contra Costa County to combat this reversal in policy and to advocate within the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County and the California Democratic Party, including the Veterans Caucus and the LGBT Caucus.
In a joint statement with the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club and the Stonewall Democratic Club of Solano County, the three Bay Area Democratic clubs called on President Trump to disavow his statements and work towards promoting an inclusive military. The Bay Area clubs will be working with its membership and other local clubs, government offices, and organizations to help identify transgender service members who may need legal assistance or support services in response to this policy change.
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