There's great news coming out of Florida! Mark LaFontaine, candidate for the Florida State Legislature from District 92, has been formally endorsed by the Victory Fund. If elected, LaFontaine would be the first openly gay representative elected in Florida, something long overdue and much needed in our state.
In an official release from the campaign, LaFontaine said:
I'm pleased to accept the endorsement of the Victory Fund, because their track record of supporting winning candidates underscores the momentum my campaign has achieved. Florida has never elected an openly-GLBT representative to Tallahassee, and this endorsement, plus our strong petition drive, brings us one step closer to making history.
LaFontaine has long been an advocate for Florida's GLBT community. He is national treasurer of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER), which supports US veterans both gay and straight, and president of the local Gold Coast chapter, the largest in the organization. He is also a board member of the Dolphin Democrats, the oldest GLBT Democratic club in the state, as well its former treasurer.
LaFontaine was also a leader in Scouting for All, which fought discrimination in the Boy Scouts. He was instrumental in leading a diverse coalition including GLBT groups and religious and mental health leaders, which resulted in several government and community organizations pulling their funding from the Boy Scouts - including Broward County, the Broward School Board, and United Way of Broward County.
In addition to supporting the GLBT community, LaFontaine is also a member of the Broward County Veterans Council and is the only veteran in the District 92 race, having served in the US Coast Guard. A resident of Broward County since he was six years old, LaFontaine is the owner of a successful accounting practice based in Oakland Park, is a board member of Oakland Park Main Street, which is guiding that city's development, and also has been a member of the Fort Lauderdale Audit Advisory Board, which oversees the city's finances.
On a personal note, I have worked with Mark on many occasions. I know he will be an amazing voice for our community in the Florida legislature. This is a historic chance for the GLBT community to finally have a representative and advocate for our issues in Florida- whether it be fighting to overturn the nation's only complete ban on adoption for gays and lesbians or working to get fully inclusive bullying and non-discrimination laws.
I encourage our readers to support Mark LaFontaine, and the entire GLBT community of Florida, by getting involved in his campaign. This is an amazing chance to begin to turn the tide in Florida government.
To find out more about Mark LaFontaine or help with his campaign, visit www.marklafontaine.com.