Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund endorses Wiener for state Senate

WienerThe Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund has endorsed gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener in the race for a state Senate seat.

The endorsement from the national group follows the early endorsements he received last fall from the San Francisco-based Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and the statewide LGBT group Equality California.

Wiener can now tap into the fund’s national network of donors to raise funds for his race. The group, which trains and helps elect LGBT people to public office, had endorsed Wiener in 2014 when he ran for re-election to his supervisor seat.

“I am proud to have the Victory Fund’s endorsement,” said Wiener, in addition to the support from the other LGBT groups, including the Peninsula Stonewall Democrats based in San Mateo County. “I am getting very strong support in the LGBT community. We know it matters to have great representation from the LGBT community in San Francisco.”

He is running against his board colleague, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, for the District 11 Senate seat, which covers all of San Francisco and a portion of northern San Mateo County. The incumbent, gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), is termed out of office this year and has endorsed Wiener to be his successor.

The Victory Fund endorsement comes as Wiener heads into the upcoming state Democratic Party Convention – to be held in San Jose later this month – with strong support to secure the party’s endorsement. He received 80 percent of the Region 6 vote at a pre-convention endorsement caucus held in late January.

The endorsement by the party will now be placed on the consent calendar for simple ratification at the convention, unless Kim is able to collect enough signatures from regional delegates to pull it off the agenda in an attempt to block it.

While Wiener is expected to win the state party’s backing in the race, his support among the Senate district’s LGBT community is not universal. Kim has a significant number of LGBT support as well for her Senate bid.

She won an early endorsement from the more progressive Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. And LGBT leaders such as former state Senator Carole Migden, former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, former Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, and District 9 Supervisor David Campos are among those backing Kim.

— Matthew S. Bajko, February 12, 2016 @ 5:17 pm PST
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