The Delaware Stonewall PAC is a nonpartisan political action committee dedicated to advancing the interests of Delaware’s LGBTQ community. It is my opinion that the PAC really shouldn’t be nonpartisan because protecting LGBTQ rights is a partisan issue since Democrats protect and advance them and the Republicans seeks to reverse and end them. But I digress.
The PAC has made its primary election endorsements for the September 15 state Primary Election. Endorsements for the November General Election will be released at a later date. These endorsements were made after questionnaires requesting candidates’ views on legislative initiatives enacted and proposed were sent to and received from the candidates. Also requested were positions on issue affecting more than just the LGBTQ community, including minimum livable wage and Donald Trumps’ anti-LGBTQ agenda. Endorsements were made based on those responses and the voting records of incumbents.
The PAC noted in its endorsements that the election of Sarah McBride would make her the first elected transgender State Senator in the country and the election of Eric Morrison would make him the first elected gay State Representative in Delaware. Yes, you are all thinking of former Senator Karen Peterson at this moment, but she was a State Senator, not Representative.
So without further adieu, here are the Stonewall endorsements. I will offer my thoughts afterwards:
US SENATOR- CHRIS COONS
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER- TRINIDAD NAVARRO
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 1- SARAH McBRIDE (Wilmington)
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5- KYLE EVANS GAY (Wilmington)
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 13- DAVID McBRIDE (New Castle)
STATE SENATE DISTRICT 14- KYRA HOFFNER (Dover)
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 4- GERALD BRADY (Wilmington)
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 7- RAY SEIGFRIED (Wilmington)
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 8- MATTHEW WALLACE POWELL (Middletown)
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 10 – SEAN MATTHEWS (Wilmington)
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 27- ERIC MORRISON (Newark)
STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 34- ROBERT HAYNES (Camden-Wyoming)
I still don’t know much about the three candidates in the RD8 race to know whether the endorsement of Matthew Wallace Powell is good or bad. I think Larry Lambert is the better candidate in the RD7, but that doesn’t mean Ray Seigfried is a bad state Representative or is anti-LGBTQ in any way.
I am shocked by the endorsement of Dave McBride over Marie Pinkney, who would be the second openly gay member of the Senate, and the first openly gay Black Senator. But since the other McBride is in the leadership, Stonewall doesn’t want to pick that fight just yet. Same reasoning goes towards their endorsement of Chris Coons over Jess Scarane.