United States Congress
14th District – Jackie Speier
17th District – Mike Honda (2013 BAYMEC Legislator of the Year)
18th District – Anna Eshoo
19th District – Zoe Lofgren
California State Controller
California State Treasurer
California State Insurance Commissioner
Superintendent of Public Instruction
California Supreme Court
California State Assembly
24th District – Richard Gordon (BAYMEC past president)
25th District – Kansen Chu
27th District – Nora Campos
28th District – Evan Low (BAYMEC past board member)
29th District – Mark Stone
30th District – Luis Alejo
California State Senate
10th District – Bob Wieckowski
17th District – Bill Monning
City of San Jose
Mayor – Dave Cortese
District 1 – Paul Fong
District 3 – Raul Peralez
District 7 – Maya Esparza
San Jose Unified School District Trustee
(Dual Endorsement) Susan Ellenberg and Richard Garcia
Santa Clara Open Space Authority
YES on Measure Q
San Mateo County Harbor Commission
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Capitola City Council
Santa Cruz City Council
Bruce Van Allen
Watsonville City Council
District 4 – Daniel Dodge
District 5 – Eduardo Montesino
* Only candidates who returned questionnaires by the specified deadline were considered for endorsement.
Over the past 30 years, BAYMEC has helped elect politicians who support equality and the local LGBT community. This year, we have reached some wonderful milestones in our movement, and would like to share some insights into our endorsement process.
For the first time in our history, every candidate that returned a BAYMEC questionnaire indicated they support marriage equality for same-sex couples. As our community becomes more inclusive, the issues BAYMEC advocates for have become more specific. For example, this year transgender health care and support of California’s AB1266 (the School Success and Opportunity Act) protecting transgender students was a focus area in our endorsement process.
All of our endorsed candidates have extensive histories of working to improve the lives of the LGBT community. They have crafted inclusive workplace policies, mentored and promoted LGBT employees, proposed paid time off for new same-sex parents, fought for immigration reform affecting all people, marched in our parades, voted for our bills, supported our nonprofits, spoken to crowds at our rallies and cried with us as our relationships were again proclaimed equal under the law.
BAYMEC is part of a whole community and our endorsement is not based solely on a candidates’ work on behalf of the LGBT community. It is also not only an indication of who is and who is not supportive of our community or our issues. The BAYMEC board also takes into consideration candidates’ positions that affect our whole community. In the San Jose mayoral race, for example, if the only criterion for endorsement were support of the LGBT community, all five major candidates would receive the BAYMEC endorsement this year. But San Jose has major safety issues affecting all communities and we believe only one candidate has a convincing plan to address them.
BAYMEC is thrilled with the progress our community and our nation have made in the past 30 years, and with your help we will continue to do our part in moving equality forward.