2014 Endorsements 2017-05-26T19:16:06+00:00
Portrait photos of all the canidates


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


Jerry Brown

Lieutenant Governor

Gavin Newsom

California State Controller

Betty Yee

California State Treasurer

John Chiang

Attorney General

Kamala Harris

California State Insurance Commissioner

Dave Jones

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tom Torlakson

California Supreme Court

Tino Cuellar

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

Robert Bernardo

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

Terry Medina

Capitola City Council

Stephanie Harlan

Santa Cruz City Council

(at large)

Cynthia Chase

Leonie Sherman

David Terrazas

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.

BAYMEC Board of Directors