Midwest mayoral candidates in Kansas City and Chicago have earned the first two endorsements for the 2019 election cycle from LPAC, the only organization devoted to building the political power of LGBTQ women.

 

Jolie Justus, who is running for Mayor of Kansas City, and Lori Lightfoot, who is running for Mayor of Chicago, received the LPAC endorsement on Tuesday.

 

“These two fabulous, openly LGTBQ women will help diversify the governments of two major American cities,” said LPAC executive director Stephanie Sandberg. “They’re smart, strong, progressive candidates, and LPAC is thrilled to throw our support behind them.”

 

Jolie Justus was the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Missouri State Senate, where she represented the 10th Senatorial District from 2007-2015, serving as Minority Leader in her final two years. An attorney and currently a member of Kansas City’s City Council, representing the city’s fourth district, her platform prioritizes safer communities, education, and jobs and investment. The nonpartisan primary will be on April 2 with a general election on June 25.

 

Lori Lightfoot was among the first candidates to challenge incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has since announced he won’t seek a third term. An attorney and the former president of the Chicago Police Board, her platform prioritizes public safety/gun violence, neighborhood schools, and neighborhood investment. Chicago’s nonpartisan election is scheduled for February 26 with a top-two runoff on April 2.

 

LPAC builds the political power of LGBTQ women by electing candidates who champion LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and social justice. LPAC achieves its mission by increasing the political power and engagement of LGBTQ women and their allies. For more information or to get involved with LPAC visit: www.teamlpac.com/get-involved.

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