For the second time this month an out Assembly candidate in the Bay Area has secured early backing in their race from a prominent LGBT Democratic club, giving their campaigns a boost as they raise funds and seek other political clubs’ endorsements ahead of the June 2014 primary.
Last night (Tuesday, October 15) the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club overwhelmingly voted to early endorse gay San Francisco Supervisor David Campos in his bid for the city’s 17th Assembly District seat.
“This seat, which is currently represented by Tom Ammiano, has been a champion seat for the LGBT community for nearly two decades, and we are thrilled to support David Campos in continuing this legacy of queer progressive leadership,” Milk club President Tom Temprano told the Bay Area Reporter following the endorsement vote.
In early October the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club awarded its former chair, Peggy Moore, its sole endorsement for the Assembly District 15 seat next year. The club’s board decided to vote on whether to early endorse Moore or bisexual candidate Andy Katz, an elected member of the East Bay Municipal Utility District, in a race expected to see eight candidates competing in the June primary.
The Milk club’s vote was hardly surprising as the progressive queer political club has had long ties to Campos, who represents the Mission and Bernal Heights at City Hall and is seen as the more progressive candidate in the race.
His opponent, Board President David Chiu, despite often casting similar votes as Campos, is considered the more moderate candidate in the race. To date, they are the only contenders seeking the seat currently held by gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco).
It was Ammiano, who is termed out of office in December of 2014 and is backing Campos to be his successor, who urged the Milk club in September to give an early endorsement in the race.
The decision to do so comes two nights prior to Campos’ first major fundraiser for his Assembly campaign. His supporters will be gathering tomorrow evening (Thursday, October 17) at Castro bar Blackbird to raise money for Campos’ campaign coffers.
Chiu’s campaign has yet to announce its first fundraising event.