PHL-15: Philadelphia Gay News Endorses Kenney

PPCWEED01C-600Philadelphia Gay News announced today the candidates they’re supporting in the May 19th primary elections.

Jim Kenney was the big winner, earning the endorsement for Mayor of Philadelphia.

“Locally, the hottest race is, of course, the mayoral one,” the site writes in an editorial. “While several of the Democratic contenders for mayor presented strong campaigns, PGN found Jim Kenney to be the right choice for the LGBT vote.”

“Kenney has been a friend to the community for decades — and he has not just been an ally, but a leader,” they continue. “Twenty years go, Kenney championed domestic-partner legislation, at a time when LGBT-rights issues were taboo and certainly not politically expedient, a topic he proudly touched on in campaign commercials. Over the years, he has led other legislative efforts like the 2013 landmark legislation that offered first-in-the-nation tax credits to companies that provide trans-inclusive health care and domestic-partner benefits and last year’s successful hate-crimes measure.”

PGN also selected candidates in some of the down-ballot races. Their choices are listed below:

City Commissioner

Lisa Deeley

Carol Jenkins

City Council-at-Large

Sherrie Cohen

Bill Greenlee

Ed Neilson

Blondell Reynolds-Brown

Paul Steinke

City Council Second District

Kenyatta Johnson

City Council Seventh District

Maria Quiñones-Sánchez

Court of Common Pleas

Abbe Fletman

Leon King

Christopher Mallios

Dan Clifford (Montgomery County)

Supreme Court

Kevin Dougherty

Anne Lazarus

Update: Kenney Communications Director Lauren Hitt provided the following reaction to PoliticsPA.

“Jim is honored and humbled, and teary-eyed if I’m honest. He remains touched that in the 1990s the LGBT community put their faith in a straight Irish kid from South Philly and he’s been grateful for their help and support in passing his legislation on transgender health rights, domestic partner benefits and many other bills to move equality forward.”

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