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LGBT voters from across Missouri exercised their constitutional voice in pulling the lever for a slate of candidates and ballot initiatives during the Missouri Primary, Aug. 5, 2014.

 

While voter turn out was low, PROMO PAC, Missouri's statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality through the electoral process, saw all but three of its 35 endorsements prevail.

 

“As we see wins mount for the LGBT community, it is important to remember the elected officials who are with us,” said A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO. “PROMO PAC provides one guidepost for evaluating legislators on supportive stances from bullying in schools to basic protections and marriage. We hope you will support those candidates and if your district is not listed, you should ask the politicians where they stand on our issues.” 

 

While many of PROMO PAC’s equality candidates ran unopposed this primary season, some will face competitive challenges this fall. Accordingly, strong support from the LGBT and ally community is essential to shape Jefferson City in preparation to fight anti-gay legislation and pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act and other pro-equality legislation.

 

“By far one of our top targets is to get Jill Schupp elected to the Senate,” Bockelman explained. “She is an outstanding supporter of the community and has been since day one. This would be a pickup in the Senate, which is often perceived to be the more reasonable and practical side of the building in Jefferson City.” 

 

Last night's primary saw  St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger best incumbant Charlie Dooley for the Democratic nomination, and out gay State House candidate Kevin Garner lose to Lauren Arthur in the Missouri 18th.

 

For complete election results refer to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/s_default.asp?id=results

 

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