Nadine Smith

Broward Municipal Election Endorsements from Equality Florida Action PAC!

Filed By Nadine Smith | January 30, 2009 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Anne Sallee, Anthony Niedwiecki, Broward County, Coleman Pruitt, Dean Trantalis, Equality Florida Action PAC, Fort Lauderdale, Julie Carson, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors

The Equality Florida Action PAC has released their endorsements for the Broward County Municipal Election (including Bilerico-Florida Contributor Anthony Niedwiecki!):

Supporting Trailblazers and Champions

Equality Florida Action PAC only endorses candidates who meet a combination of our strategic criteria:

They must be Champions of LGBT equaligy.

They must be running strong in competitive races.

In particular, we support qualified, openly LGBT candidates who can bring a vital perspective and much-needed voice to the political debates that impact our lives.

See the endorsements after the jump!

* Broward Municipal Primary Election, Feb. 10th

* Broward Municipal Runoff Election, March 10th

* General Contribution Limit: $250

Runoff Contribution Limit: $250

Fort Lauderdale

Dean Trantalis
Race: Mayor of Ft. Lauderdale
Openly LGBT
Click here for Dean's Website

Dean received a 100% rating on Equality Florida's Candidate Questionnaire and is a longtime champion for equality.

If elected, Dean would become the first openly LGBT mayor of a major metropolitan city in Florida. In 1995, Dean served as co-chair of Americans For Equality, which succeeded in adding sexual orientation to the Broward Human Rights Ordinance - Broward was the first county in the state to have such a law.

In January 1999, Dean co-wrote and led the successful passage of the Broward County domestic partnership law, which ensures the extension of spousal-like benefits, not just to county employees, but also to many citizens in Broward County.

Dean has previously won a seat on the Fort Lauderdale City Council and is running strong in a crowded field of candidates to replace the notoriously anti-gay, current Mayor Naugle. Dean's longstanding record of success and commitment to LGBT equality makes him a champion worth backing.

Coleman Prewitt
Race: City Commission, Ft. Lauderdale, District 4
Openly LGBT
Click here for Coleman's Website

Coleman received a 100% rating on our candidate questionnaire and is endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

A seventh-generation Floridian, Coleman Prewitt is a partner in the law firm of Seidman, Prewitt, DiBellos & Lopez. When Mayor Jim Naugle received wide media coverage for disparaging gay people and opposing the Stonewall Library, a gay and lesbian archive to be housed in the library, Coleman helped organize protest rallies that protected Broward's image as a progressive community.

He is also involved in the Dolphin Democrats, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida, Lambda Legal and the Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange.

The race for the open seat on the city commission includes three opponents. The two most competitive candidates are very conservative and carry the support of Mayor Naugle.

Coleman has an excellent chance of winning but he needs our immediate support.

Wilton Manors

Julie Carson
Race: City Commission, Wilton Manors
Openly LGBT
Click here for Julie's Website

Julie is the first lesbian member of the Wilton Manors City Commission.

Julie is active in the community as a board member of Congregation Etz Chaim and as a member of the Eastside Neighborhood Association. She received a 100% rating on our questionnaire and is endorsed by Mayor Resnick and has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO.

Oakland Park

Anthony Niedwiecki
Race: City Commission, Oakland Park, Seat 4
Openly LGBT
Click here for Anthony's Website

Anthony has been an advocate for equality both as a law professor and as a community activist. He has received a 100% rating on our questionnaire and is running a very strong campaign.

Anthony is a professor and administrator at the law center at Nove Southeastern University, where he directs and teaches Lawyering Skills & Values. He also teaches employment discrimination law, labor law and current constitutional issues in the law.

As a longtime community organizer, Anthony will be a powerful voice for Equality on the Oakland Park City Commission.

Anne Sallee
Race: City Commission, Oakland Park, District 1
Click here for Anne's Website

Anne has received a 100% rating on Equality Florida's candidate questionnaire. She is also endorsed by the Broward County AFL-CIO and the President of the LGBT Democratic Caucus.

She is committed to preserving the diversity that is at the heart of Oakland Park and will be a strong ally for Equality.

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