Thursday, September 6, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE: Human Rights Campaign Announces Endorsement of Lauren Baer for U.S. Congress (FL-18)

For immediate release on September 6, 2018
  
For further information, contact: 

Stephen Peters
(202) 423-2860

Judge Rand Hoch (ret.)
PBCHRC President and Founder
rand-hoch@usa.net
(561) 358-0105

Human Rights Campaign Announces 
Endorsement of Lauren Baer for U.S. Congress (FL-18) 


WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced its endorsement of Lauren Baer (D) for U.S. Congress. An out and proud member of the LGBTQ community, Baer is running to replace Rep. Brian Mast (R) to represent the people of Florida's 18th Congressional District.

 
"Lauren Baer is the clear choice for fair-minded voters and is committed to fighting for LGBTQ equality, individual liberty, and the rule of law," said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. "Lauren will stand up each and every day in Congress for all of the hard-working families across her district - from Ft. Pierce to Palm Beach. HRC is proud to endorse Lauren Baer for U.S. Congress."
 
"I am incredibly proud to receive the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that has been on the front lines in the fight for equality for LGBT Americans for decades," said Lauren Baer. "I look forward to working with them in pursuit of our shared goal of a more equal and just society."
 
Lauren Baer was raised in Florida's 18th Congressional District and calls Palm Beach Gardens home with her wife, Emily, and young daughter, Serena. An attorney and foreign policy expert, Lauren served as an official in the Obama Administration from 2011-2017, acting as a senior advisor to two Secretaries of State and to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. During her time in government, she was responsible for ensuring that the promotion of U.S. values remained central to foreign policy and advised on a range of critical national security issues related to human rights and international law. Lauren comes from a family of local business owners who taught her the value of a strong Florida economy and the importance of public service.
 
Across the state of Florida, HRC has identified nearly 700,000 LGBTQ voters and more than 3.2 million "Equality Voters" - meaning they are strong supporters of progressive LGBTQ policies including marriage equality, equitable family law, and laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Last year, HRC announced a coast-to-coast campaign to mobilize these voters for the midterm elections called HRC Rising, which represents the largest grassroots expansion in the organization's 38-year history.
 
Tonight, Lauren Baer will also join HRC, Equality Florida, and the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance for an event in West Palm Beach to talk about the importance of the race.
 
"Lauren Baer fully understands the problems facing people on the Treasure Coast.  In Washington, Lauren will advocate tirelessly, working for solutions," said Judge Rand Hoch, President and Founder, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council. "We are proud to support an out LGBTQ candidate who has included her wife and daughter front and center in her campaign materials. As a pro-family candidate for federal office, Lauren Baer has been an amazing role model.  Imagine how inspirational she will be in Congress."
 
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.
 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

President's Message - Post-Primary Election Update - August 29, 2018


August 29, 2018 

Since 1988, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance (PBCHRCVA) has interviewed close to one thousand candidates for public office. As a result of our successes in electing LGBTQ-supportive candidates, throughout Palm Beach County it isillegal to discriminate against LGBTQ people with regard to employment, housing and public accommodation. In addition, conversion therapy is banned throughout the county. Moreover, there are now more than 125 local ordinances, resolutions, collective bargaining agreements and policies that provide Palm Beach County's LGBTQ residents and visitors equal rights, protections and benefits. A complete list can be found by clicking here and selecting the "Laws & Policies" tab.

Unlike other organizations that just send out questionnaires and make recommendations based on whether and how candidates respond, PBCHRCVA does research and conducts face-to-face interviews with candidates. As shown on the PBCHRC website's "Endorsements" page, PBCHRCVA endorses candidates who support LGBTQ initiatives and privacy rights. Endorsements of candidates are made upon consideration of:
  • How a candidate has voted on LGBTQ issues, and
  • How a candidate has supported the Palm Beach County LGBTQ community. 


We use our candidate screening process to educate candidates, make endorsements and take action to elect people who will take steps to change laws and policies to provide equal protection, treatment and benefits for the local LGBTQ community. While the process is time consuming, it gives us the best opportunity to help elect candidates who not only understand and support our issues, but (with the exception of judicial candidates) also will be advocates on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

As part of our mission, we have been working diligently for decades to identify LGBTQ and LGBTQ-supportive residents, get them registered to vote, encourage them to get involved in campaigns, and ensure that they vote in every single election.

This year there have been more PBCHRC-supportive volunteers than ever before participating in our voter identification, early voting, vote-by-mail and get-out-the-vote campaigns. Additionally, a record number of our supporters have been volunteering in more campaigns than ever before. So, it comes as no surprise that LGBTQ and allied voters turned out in record numbers in the August Primary Election.


As a result of these efforts - and your participation - the following candidates endorsed by PBCHRCVA were victorious at the polls yesterday:

Lauren Baer, candidate for U.S. Congress
Congressman Alcee Hastings
Congressman Ted Deutch
Andrew Gillum, candidate for Governor
Sean Shaw, candidate for Attorney General
Nicole "Nikki" Fried, candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture
State Senator Bobby Powell
State Representative David Silvers
State Representative Matt Willhite
State Representative-elect Tina Polsky
James Bonfiglio, candidate for State Representative
Marybel Reinoso Coleman, candidate for Circuit Court Judge
Michael McAuliffe, candidate for Circuit Court Judge
Gregg Weiss, candidate for County Commission
Palm Beach County School Board Member Debra Robinson
Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer

In addition, it is possible that Andy Thomson, our candidate for Boca Raton City Council, may prevail in the event there is a recount in this extremely close race. 

Many of the PBCHRCVA-endorsed candidates who were victorious yesterday still face opposition in the November 6 General Election. Key offices, including races for the U.S. Senate, Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture, will be decided on November 6, 2018. Therefore, we must continue our efforts to ensure that the people who are elected to office understand the unique concerns of the LGBTQ community. A complete list of the candidates endorsed by the PBCHRC Voters Alliance - including those whom already have been elected (or re-elected) - can be found by clicking here.

Between now and the General Election, PBCHRCVA will continue to send out information. If you do not receive our e-mails, please go to pbchrc.org, scroll down to "STAY INFORMED. GET THE LATEST NEWS FROM PBCHRC" and sign up.


VOTE-BY-MAIL
If you have not yet signed up to Vote-by-Mail, just click here to apply for your Vote-by-Mail ballot to be delivered to your voting address. It takes less than 5 minutes! You also can call the Office of the Supervisor of Elections at (561) 656-6200 to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot. Please remember to request for "All As Permitted." If you want your ballot sent to an address other than your registration address, you will need to complete a written application with a signature. Click here for the Supervisor of Elections website. 

CONVERSION THERAPY BANS 
BEING CHALLENGED IN FEDERAL COURT
The Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, has filed suit in federal court against Palm Beach County and the City of Boca Raton, seeking to nullify their bans on conversion therapy for minors. The lawsuit is virtually identical to the one the Liberty Counsel filed last December against the City of Tampa. Similar lawsuits have been filed for years, and not one has succeeded in overturning a conversion therapy ban. In fact, on four occasions , the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear cases challenging the bans. However, as the Supreme Court turns further and further to the right on social issues, the Liberty Counsel is seeking another chance to allow therapists to abuse LGBTQ children through conversion therapy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, two of PBCHRC's allies who were instrumental in our efforts to enact the eight conversion therapy bans in Palm Beach County, will be filing a "friend of the court" brief in the lawsuit to assistPalm Beach County and the City of Boca Raton in their defense of this lawsuit.

As it takes a long time for these cases to work their way through the federal courts, it would be unusual for anything significant to happen in the near future. But rest assured, PBCHRC will keep you informed as legal developments occur in the case.


SAVE THE DATE  - JANUARY 19, 2019
FOR PBCHRC'S WINTER FÊTE

On Saturday night, January 19, 2019, PBCHRC supporters will gather at the West Palm Beach home of contemporary art collector Jeff Ganek to honor West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio at our annual Winter Fête. Sponsorships, which include a pair of tickets and invitations to a VIP pre-party are $2,500. Individual tickets are $250. More details will be provided in the upcoming months. To become a sponsor or to purchase tickets, click here.


RECENT INITIATIVES
At PBCHRC's request: 

The City of West Palm Beach will be installing LGBTQ Pride Rainbow Crosswalks at a location to be determined.

The Ocean Ridge Town Council is in the process of finalizing the language for an LGBT-inclusive civil rights ordinance prohibiting discrimination throughout the town.

The City of West Palm Beach is implementing a citywide requirement for equal access to sex-segregated facilities. 

City Commissioner Kelly Shoaf is working with the West Palm Beach municipal staff to implement an anti-bullying program.

City Commissioner Christina Lambert is working to secure annual funding from the City of West Palm Beach for initiatives to assist LGBTQ seniors.

For 30 years, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council has worked diligently on behalf of the LGBTQ community. With your support, we will continue to do so in the years to come -- and we will keep you posted on our progress!

Judge Rand Hoch (retired),
President and Founder



This paid electioneering communication, which is independent of any party, candidate or committee, is produced, sponsored and paid for by the The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance.
The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance.
Post Office Box 267
West Palm Beach, Florida 33402
(561) 358-0105

Saturday, August 25, 2018

President's Message - August 5, 2018

August 5, 2018

Since 1988, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC) has worked diligently to elect LGBTQ-supportive candidates for public office. For three decades, we have worked with these public officials to enact laws, ordinances and policies to provide equal treatment and equal benefits for the LGBTQ community.

On August 28, Florida voters will select candidates for federal, state and local offices. For the past several months, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance (PBCHRCVA) has been interviewing and endorsing candidates, registering new voters, encouraging early voting and voting-by mail, and doing everything possible to ensure that LGBTQ voters turn out in record numbers in support of our endorsed candidates.

We often are asked just how we select the candidates we endorse. Unlike other organizations that just send out questionnaires and make recommendations based on whether and how candidates respond, PBCHRCVA does research and holds face-to-face interviews with candidates. While the process is time consuming, it gives us the best opportunity to make endorsement decisions and to help elect candidates who not only understand and support our issues, but (with the exception of judicial candidates) also will be advocates on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Thanks go out to PBCHRC Secretary Rae Franks for her work on coordinating the candidate interviews.

 

As shown on the PBCHRC website's "Endorsements" page, PBCHRCVA endorses candidates who support LGBTQ initiatives and privacy rights. Endorsements of candidates are made upon consideration of:
  • How a candidate has voted on LGBTQ issues, and 
  • How a candidate has supported the Palm Beach County LGBTQ community. 
 
All Palm Beach County residents who are registered to vote as of July 30 are eligible to vote in the August 28 primary election; however, not all of the candidates we have endorsed will appear on your individual ballot. 

Vote-by-Mail


If you have signed up to Vote-by-Mail, your ballot for the August 28 primary elections will be arriving soon - if it has not yet arrived. If you have a standing request to Vote-by-Mail and you have not received your ballot, please call the Office of the Supervisor of Elections at (561) 656-6200.

If you have not yet signed up to Vote-by-Mail, it's not too late!  You can sign up to receive a ballot in the mail at any time up to 5:00 p.m. August 22.  You also can go one of the Supervisor's offices to request (and even fill out a ballot) through August 28

Signing up to Vote-by-Mail is easy. Click here. And  you can quickly apply for your Vote-by-Mail ballot to be delivered to your voting address. It takes less than 5 minutes!  You can also call the Office of the Supervisor of Elections at (561) 656-6200 to request a Vote-by-Mail ballot.  Please remember to request for "All As Permitted." If you want your ballot sent to an address other than your registration address, you will need to complete a written application with a signature. Click herefor the Supervisor of Elections website. 
 
Be sure to sign and date your Vote-by-Mail ballot return envelope!  Return postage in Palm Beach County is $1.21 (or just use 3 First Class/Forever stamps).  Instead, you may hand-deliver your ballot to any of the Supervisor's offices. (For locations, click here. Ballots MUST be received by 5:00 p.m. August 28


Early Voting starts Monday, August 13 

Palm Beach County has 15 early voting sites, open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting Monday, August 13 through Sunday, August 26.  Any Palm Beach County  resident who has registered to vote by July 30 registered PBC voter may vote at any of the Early Voting sites.  To see a list of the of the Early Voting sites, click here.

Between now and the November 4 General Election, PBCHRCVA will continue to send out information.  If you do not receive our e-mails, please go to pbchrc.org, scroll down to "STAY INFORMED - GET THE LATEST NEWS FROM PBCHRC" and sign up.

Your votes do make a difference!


PBCHRC'S 30th ANNIVERSARY SUMMER SOIRÉE

On August 4, more than 230 PBCHRC supporters partied the night away at our biennial Summer Soirée, which was held at the National Croquet Club. Thanks to the generosity of our underwriters, every dollar raised from individual ticket sales will go to support PBCHRC initiatives and projects.  

Special thanks go out to Sandy James Fine Food & Productions,  the National Croquet Club and Sutka Visual Design for making the evening magical.

The 2018 Summer Soirée underwriters are:

James Berwind and Kevin Clark
Kaci and Andy Bloemers
Bill Bone
Ocean Ridge Mayor James Bonfiglio
Mauricio Busa and Barry Hayes
David Cohen and Paul Bernabeo
Christopher Caneles and Stephen Nesbitt
Cornerstone Solutions
Palm Beach Town Council Member Lew Crampton
Bill Eberhardt
Congressman Mark Foley
Charlie Fredrickson
Michael Grattendick and Chip Freeman
Howard Grossman, MD
Daniel S. Hall
The Law and Mediation Offices of Rand Hoch, P.A.
Tony Jaggi and Don Watren
West Palm Beach City Commissioner Keith James andLorna Anderson
Ken Keffer Catering
Wood Kinnard and Alberto Arias
Wayne Lewis
Ross Meltzer and Victor Figueredo
Mittleman Eye (Michael Fowler and David Mittleman)
National Croquet Club
Senator Bobby Powell
Scott Robertson and James Swope
West Palm Beach City Commissioner Paula Ryan
Sandy James Fine Food & Productions 
Arthur T. Schofield, P.A.
Trent Steele
Sutka Visual Design
Don Todorich - Corcoran Group R.E
Scott Velozo and Stephen Mooney
AJ Wasson and Randy Christensen
Gregg and Rebecca Weiss
Fred Zrinscak

Thanks also go out to PBCHRC volunteers Alex Heathcock, Steven Licari, Ben Siegel and Tom Valeo, who checked people into the event.


CONVERSION THERAPY BANS 
BEING CHALLENGED IN FEDERAL COURT

 

The Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, has filed suit in federal court against Palm Beach County and the City of Boca Raton, seeking to nullify their bans on conversion therapy for minors.  The lawsuit is virtually identical to the one the Liberty Counsel filed last December against the City of Tampa. Similar lawsuits have been filed for years, and not one has succeeded in overturning a conversion therapy ban. In fact, on four occasions , the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear cases challenging the bans.  However, as the Supreme Court turns further and further to the right on social issues, the Liberty Counsel is seeking another chance to allow therapists to abuse LGBTQ children through conversion therapy.  

The Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, two of PBCHRC's allies who were instrumental in our efforts to enact the eight conversion therapy bans in Palm Beach County, will be filing a "friend of the court" brief in the lawsuit to assist Palm Beach County and the City of Boca Raton in their defense of this lawsuit.

As it takes a long time for these cases to work their way through the federal courts, it would be unusual for anything significant to happen in the near future.  But rest assured, PBCHRC will keep you informed as legal developments occur in the case.


RECENT INITIATIVES

At PBCHRC's request: 
  • Last month, the Royal Palm Beach Village Counsel adopted an LGBT-inclusive civil rights resolution.
  • The Ocean Ridge Town Council is in the process of finalizing the language for an LGBT-inclusive civil rights ordinance prohibiting discrimination throughout the town.
  • The City of West Palm Beach is implementing a citywide requirement for equal access to sex-segregated facilities. 
  • City Commissioner Kelly Shoaf is working with the West Palm Beach municipal staff to implement an anti-bullying program.
  • City Commissioner Christina Lambert is working to secure annual funding from the City of West Palm Beach for initiatives to assist LGBTQ seniors.
Finally, having accepted a new position as director of development for a hospital in Broward County, PBCHRC Board Member Marcie Hall has tendered her resignation,so that she may devote her full attention to her new job. Marcie was instrumental in having the City of Delray Beach enact both an LGBT-inclusive civil rights ordinance and a ban on conversion therapy. We wish Marcie the best in her new career!

For 30 years, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council has worked diligently on behalf of the LGBTQ community. With your support, we will continue to do so in the years to come - and we will keep you posted on our progress!

Judge Rand Hoch (retired),
President and Founder

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Local Conversion Therapy Practitioners Sue Palm Beach County and Boca Raton


Mad Mat and Conversionists 
Sue Palm Beach and Boca Raton

By David Cary Hart, Blogger

Wednesday, hate group Liberty Counsel sued the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County on behalf of two counselors seeking to nullify respective bans on pediatric conversion therapy. The suit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Liberty Counsel's "brief" is 238 pages in full.

Mat Staver,  Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel

In an email Thursday, hate group leader Mat Staver writes:
Liberty Counsel represents Dr. Robert Otto, LMFT, Dr. Julie Hamilton, LMFT, and their minor clients. These counselors provide life-saving counsel to minors who desperately desire to conform their attractions, behaviors, and gender confusion to their sincerely held religious beliefs.
"Life-saving?" I would venture to say that it is their parents who are "desperate" to conform their kids' sexuality to their religious beliefs. If the kids are desperate it is usually for the parental approval that is being withheld. Once again, "gender confusion" is a religious term. It does not exist in medical science.

Conversion therapy is junk science per se. There does not exist any current evidence presented through peer-reviewed research published to a respected journal to sustain the belief that conversion therapy is either safe or effective. Virtually every medical and counseling peer and professional organization has concluded that the practice is both ineffective and unsafe.

Conversion or so-called "reparative" therapy practitioners are uniformly religious conservatives. Their approach is premised on the unfounded theory that sexuality is a choice which can be fixed with the right talk therapy. Patients need merely to change their "dangerous lifestyle" to obtain the approval of parents and God. That supposed lifestyle is attacked with vicious bigotry. Counselors employ various aversion techniques ( some quite bizarre) and shame. None of their nonsense will ever change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Our first quack, litigant and crackpot is Dr. Robert William Otto at 2400 W. Yamato Rd in Boca Raton. Otto is affiliated with the Spanish River Christian Counseling Center. Robert Otto is a West Point graduate. His MS and PhD are from Nova Southeastern University, rated #539 by Forbes. Dr. Otto does not actively promote conversion therapy.

The other quack and litigant is Dr. Julie Harren Hamilton at 3307 Northlake Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. Hamilton is a well-known crackpot having been president of The National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) (2009-2011). Even at her own  website, Hamilton does not provide a full CV including her educational background which leads me to wonder if she exchanged box-tops for a PhD.

Dr. Julie Hamilton

Hamilton has a very strange video that she has promoted for years titled  Homosexuality 101. She seems to be claiming that homosexuality is a gender identity disorder. I concede that I was unable to watch the entire video but the box-top swap entered my mind again.

The judicial history does not bode well for Liberty Counsel. In 2012 the Ninth Circuit upheld a ruling in Pickup v. Brown, turning back a challenge to California's ban on pediatric conversion therapy. In 2013 (and again in 2014) the Supreme Court declined to hear the case. The Court turned away a challenge to New Jersey's law in 2015 and another challenge to California's law in 2017.

Mad Mat's case seems frivolous. It consists of the usual free speech and religious freedom claptrap. It is a huge waste of taxpayer dollars.

In the final analysis, conversion therapy is consumer fraud. It is profoundly unhealthy for children and, eventually, the parents who have to live with the consequences. It does real harm to real people. These municipal bans protect children from unethical and unsound medical practices. This is a medical issue rather than one associated with First Amendment rights. People do not have a right to injure children. It's just that simple.

Monday, May 28, 2018

2018 Daniel S. Hall Social Justice Awards

Bryant Garcia, Emily Pacenti and Alexandra Smith, graduating seniors at of Lake Worth Community High School, the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and the G-Star School of the Arts, respectively, have been granted Daniel S. Hall Social Justice Awards, the annual scholarships presented by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.

The Council, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, awards the annual scholarship to college bound graduating seniors who have demonstrated  an interest in advocacy on behalf of the   lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. 

The Social Justice Award is named after Daniel S. Hall, a local attorney who manages a financial counseling company.  Hall, Treasurer of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council since 1990, is the Council's longest serving board member.  As the father of three grown children, Hall has always had a strong interest in education. Over the years, has mentored several LGBT students.  

Bryant Garcia
 
In his capacity as vice president and events coordinator of Spectrum, the Gay Straight Alliance at Lake Worth Community High School, Bryant worked on the World AIDS Day Memorial Quilt project at Compass, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Palm Beach Pride and the Equality Prom.

"Bryant has been an outspoken advocate with a passion for serving those in the local LGBTQ community," said PBCHRC Vice President Carly Cass. 

Cass has coordinated PBCHRC's scholarship program since its inception in 2015.

In college, Garcia aims to bring awareness to a variety of causes including mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

"I will be forever grateful for the chance PBCHRC is giving me," said Garcia. "Thank you so much for your consideration and your faith in my aspirations."

Emily Pacenti

As a two-term president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance at the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Emily worked together with colleagues Megan Hostetler and Matt Nadel (a recipient of the Daniel S. Hall Social Justice Awards in 2017), the school's administration and guidance department to establish eight gender-neutral restrooms on campus.  Emily also curated a performing arts festival to showcase queer talent, including producing a show titled "Walk in Closet," which featured queer performance art, including poetry, dance and live music.  She also succeeded in encouraging the school's administration to allow gender nonconforming students to have their preferred names in the yearbook. 

Alexandra Smith

Alex Smith, a graduate of the G-Star School of the Arts, became an  activist in 2016, when she was accepted as a member of the Palm Beach Youth Leadership Council, a select group of local students  advocating for sexual health education in Palm Beach County by means of peer education and traditional organizing tactics. Alex was a featured speaker at various programs, including the prestigious Deeper Well Sex Educators Conference in Atlanta.  She also addressed a crowd of more than 4,000 people at the Women's March in West Palm Beach.  Alex also has addressed elected officials in support of sexual health education throughout Florida and in Washington, D.C. During her senior year, Alex served as a lead organizer on the Palm Beach Youth Leadership Council and as an active member of Planned Parenthood's Generation Action. She looks forward to continuing her activism in college.

The three $1,000 scholarships will be presented by Daniel S. Hall at the Compass Lavender Graduation, which will be held on June 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance Endorsements - 9/12/18

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance endorses candidates who support LGBTQ initiatives and privacy rights. Endorsements of candidates are made upon consideration of:

  • How a candidate has voted on LGBTQ issues
  • How a candidate has supported the Palm Beach County LGBTQ Community 
The following candidates have been endorsed by The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance in their campaigns for election or re-election in the November 6, 2018 General Election:

U.S. Senate - Bill Nelson

U.S. Congress (Dist. 18) - Lauren Baer
U.S. Congress (Dist. 20) - Alcee Hastings
U.S. Congress (Dist 22) - Ted Deutch

Governor - Andrew Gillum
Attorney General - Sean Shaw
Chief Financial Officer - Jeremy Ring
Commissioner of Agriculture - Nicole "Nikki" Fried

Florida Senate (Dist. 30) - Bobby Powell

Florida House of Representatives (Dist. 82) - Edward O'Connor
Florida House of Representatives (Dist. 85) - Ellen Baker
Florida House of Representatives (Dist. 86) - Matt Willhite
Florida House of Representatives (Dist. 87) - David Silvers 
Florida House of Representatives (Dist. 89) - James Bonfiglio 

Circuit Court Judge (Group 18) -  Marybel Reinoso Coleman
Circuit Court Judge (Group 25) -  Michael McAuliffe

County Commissioner (Dist. 2) - Gregg Weiss
County Commissioner (Dist. 4) - Robert S. Weinroth

Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation (Group 1) - Michelle Sylvester
Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation (Group 5) - Eva Webb

Board of Supervisors of the Northern PBC Improvement District (Seat 2) - Jim Gibbs

County Court Judge (Group 4) - Ashley Zuckerman

PLEASE NOTE:  NOT ALL OF THESE RACES 
MAY APPEAR ON YOUR BALLOT.
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The following candidates who have been endorsed by The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance were elected or re-elected since 2016:

U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch
U.S. Congresswoman Lois Frankel
U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings
State Senator Lori Berman
State Senator Bobby Powell
State Senator Kevin Rader
State Representative Joseph Abruzzo
State Representative Lori Berman

State Representative Joe Casello
State Representative Bill Hager
State Representative Al Jacquet

State Representative Tina Polsky
State Representative David Silvers

State Representative Emily Slosberg
State Representative Matt Willhite
County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger
County Commissioner Mack Bernard
County Commissioner Dave Kerner

County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay
Clerk of the Circuit Court Sharon Bock
Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks
Public Defender Carey Haughwout
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw
State Attorney Dave Aronberg
Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher
Tax Collector Anne Gannon

School Board Member Marcia Andrews
School Board Member Frank Barbieri

School Board Member Karen Brill
School Board Member Barbara McQuinn

School Board Member Debra Robinson
School Board Member Chuck Shaw

School Board Member Erica Whitfield
Port Commissioner Blair Ciklin 
Port Commissioner Jean Enright
Port Commissioner Wayne Richards
Port Commissioner Katherine Waldron
Circuit Court Judge Dina Keever
County Court Judge Marni Bryson
Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation Board Member Pat Edmonson
Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation Board Member Rob Long
Boca Raton City Council Member Monica Mayotte
Boca Raton City Mayor and Council Member Scott Singer
Boynton Beach Mayor Steven B. Grant
Boynton Beach City Commissioner Joe Casello
Boynton Beach City Commissioner Mack McCray
Delray Beach City Commissioner Adam Frankel
Greenacres City Councilwoman Judith Dugo
Greenacres City Councilwoman Paula Bousquet
Haverhill Town Councilman Daniel Sohn
Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo
Lake Worth City Commissioner Andy Amoroso
Lake Worth City Commissioner Scott Maxwell
Lake Worth City Commissioner Herman Robinson
Palm Beach Gardens City Councilman Mark Marciano
Palm Beach Gardens City Councilman Matthew Lane
Palm Beach Shores Mayor Myra Koutzen
Palm Beach Town Councilman Lew Crampton
Palm Beach Town Councilwoman Danielle Hickox Moore
Rivera Beach City Councilwoman Tonya Davis Johnson
Riviera Beach City Councilwoman KaShamba Miller-Anderson
Royal Palm Beach Mayor Fred Pinto
Royal Palm Beach Village Councilwoman Selena Smith
Wellington Village Councilman John McGovern
Wellington Village Councilman Michael Napoleone
Wellington Village Councilwoman Tanya Siskind
West Palm Beach City Commissioner Keith James
West Palm Beach City Commissioner Cory Neering
West Palm Beach City Commissioner Paula Ryan
West Palm Beach City Commissioner Kelly Shoaf

This paid electioneering communication, which is independent of any party, candidate or committee, is produced, sponsored and paid for by the  Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance.

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance.
Post Office Box 267, West Palm Beach, Florida 33402
(561) 358-0105