Thanks to the voter identification, early voting, absentee ballot and get-out-the vote campaigns conducted by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance, members of Palm Beach County’s LGBT community– and our allies – turned out in record numbers for the August 14, 2012 election. In contrast, voter turnout in the non-LGBT population was dismally low.
Thanks to your efforts,
almost all of the endorsed candidates were victorious in the August 24
primary election. After more than two decades of educating and turning
out LGBT and allied voters, we are proud of our successes.
candidates endorsed by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters
Alliance who were elected (or re-elected) to serve in the following
● State Senator District 27 - Jeff Clemens
● State House of Representatives (District 87) - David Kerner
● Clerk of the Circuit Court - Sharon Bock
● Property Appraiser - Gary Nikolits
● Supervisor of Elections - Susan Bucher
● Tax Collector - Anne M. Gannon
● Port of Palm Beach (Group 1) - Wayne Richards
● Circuit Court Judge (Group 9) - Ron Alvarez
● Circuit Court Judge (Group 26) - James L. Martz
● County Court Judge (Group 4) - Peter M. Evans
● County Court Judge (Group 6) - Edward A. Garrison
Congratulations to all of these great public officials!
Several of our endorsed candidates face challengers in the general election on November 6, 2012. They include:
● President - Barack Obama
● U.S. Congress District 18 - Patrick Murphy
● U.S. Congress District 20 - Alcee Hastings
● U.S. Congress District 21 - Ted Deutch
● U.S. Congress District 22 - Lois Frankel
● State House of Representatives (District 81) - Kevin Rader
● State House of Representatives (District 86) - Mark S. Pafford
● State House of Representatives (District 90) - Lori B. Berman
● State House of Representatives (District 91) - Irving "Irv" Slosberg
● State Attorney - Dave Aronberg
● County Commissioner (District 1) - David J. Levy
● County Commissioner (District 3) - Rochelle (Shelley) M. Van
● County Commission (District 5) - Mary Lou Berger
addition, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance
has endorsed the retention of three Justices on the Florida Supreme
● Justice R. Fred Lewis
● Justice Barbara J. Parents
● Justice Peggy Quince
Council is also urging our supporters to vote “NO” on all eleven
proposed Constitutional Amendments appearing on the November ballot.
Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance will be
interviewing additional candidates for the Florida Legislature who will
be on the November ballot and we will inform you of any endorsements via
e-mail, our website, our blog, and of course, our continuous e-mail blasts!
made history on August 14, 2012 with the election of an openly gay
candidate, Democrat David Richardson of Miami Beach to the Florida House
In November, four other gay men have the
opportunity to join him in Tallahassee: Democrats, Joe Saunders of
Orange County, John Alvarez of Brevard County and Ian Whitney of Key
West, and Republican Scott Herman of Wilton Manors
The November 6
election is exceptionally important and as always, your votes will make
a difference in changing the laws and policies which effect our lives.
July 21st, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council supporters joined
elected officials and candidates (who are also PBCHRC supporters) at
our Summer Soirée at the Old Guard Society of Palm Beach. Once again,
longtime PBCHRC supporter Scott Kent produced the event, which was our
most successful fundraiser in the past two dozen years.
go out to Scott Velozo for his graphic design, Cal Miller &
Associates their assistance with publicity, as well as to interior
designer Michael Powers and his partner Scott for their amazing work
transforming the club rooms into a beach party.
Special thanks go out to Sandy James Fine Foods, Echo and The Sugar Monkey for the wonderful hors d'ouvres , sushi and desserts.
Summer Soirée was entirely underwritten thanks to the tireless efforts
of Dan Hall, the Council’s Treasurer. For more than twenty years, Dan
has worked tirelessly to ensure the funding is in place to enable the
Council to move forward with our initiatives. Dan’s efforts are greatly
appreciated by the Board of Directors.
To our many event
underwriters and sponsors, our vendors and volunteers, and most
importantly, our supporters, thank you for making the 2012 Summer Soirée
a great success!
Last Spring , the School Board of Palm Beach
County created a 24 member District Diversity and Equity Committee which
includes representatives from both the Council and Compass. The
Council is proud to be represented by Mark Rutherford, a West Palm Beach
psychotherapist. Mark, his partner of 21 years Tom Davis, and Moms
Amber and Mimi all co-parent the family’s two children. Their 16 year
old son Cris and their 12 year old daughter Sofia attend public school
in Palm Beach County.
The Council is pleased to roll out our new website at pbchrc.org.
Unlike the old website, our new website is accessible on Apple devices
and has many new features. We hope you like the new look. Thanks go out
to our long-term webmaster, Joseph Abreau, who generously donated his
services in creating our new website.
At the 2012 Democratic
National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Florida is represented
by 40 LGBT activists (including me!). As always, this opportunity has
allowed us to strategize with LGBT activists from across the United
States. As a result, we have come away with new ideas for initiatives
to benefit Palm Beach County’s LGBT community.
J.P. Sasser, the openly gay Mayor of Pahokee to our Board of
Directors. His addition to our Board will help tremendously as help
educate local public officials on the need to provide equal treatment
and benefits to LGBT Floridians and our families. JP replaces West Palm
Beach bankruptcy attorney Michael Bakst, who stepped down this summer
after serving over a decade on the Council’s Board of Directors. We
thank Michael for his years of dedicated service to our organization.
Members of the Council’s all volunteer Board of Directors are currently:
in the early stages of work on LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination
policies and domestic partnership benefits in both Greenacres City and
● working with Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock
and several County Commissioners on revisions to the County’s Domestic
Partnership Ordinance, and
● developing a training program
for the judges serving in Palm Beach County, assisting them in dealing
more effectively with members of the LGBT community.
As you can see, so much work remains to be done, and we greatly appreciate your support in our endeavors.
1988, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council has worked diligently
on behalf of the LGBT community. Rest assured we will continue to do so
in 2012 – and beyond.
President and Founder
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