Washington, DC – Of the 84 Victory Institute trained openly LGBTQ candidates on the ballot Tuesday night, 62 won their races and three remain too close to call. Alumni of Victory Institute’s four-day Candidate & Campaign Training were on the ballot at almost every level of government, including U.S. Senate, U.S. House, statewide offices, state legislatures and local positions. Among the notable victorious candidates are U.S. Senator-elect Kyrsten Sinema, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, U.S. Representative-elect Angie Craig, and Colorado House of Representative-elect Brianna Titone.
“From the U.S. Congress to statewide offices to state legislatures and city councils, on Election Night we made historic inroads and grew our political power in ways unimaginable even a few years ago,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute. “Most of these wins can be attributed to a concerted effort to build a pipeline of LGBTQ leaders who start at the local or state legislative levels and move their way up the public service ladder. To succeed, candidates need to understand how to run for office – including the unique challenges and opportunities of running as openly LGBTQ. Our Candidate & Campaign Training participants are winning and now we must encourage our friends and networks to also get trained and pursue careers in elected office. We are severely underrepresented at every level of government and that will only change when more of us run.”
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