LGBTQ+ Democrats Announce First Endorsements for 2022 Election


DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus is announcing its first round of endorsements for the 2022 election. After a careful review of statements, support, and records, the Caucus membership voted to make the following endorsements:

Congressional Incumbents

• Rep. Al Lawson – District 2
• Rep. Darren Soto – District 9
• Rep. Kathy Castor – District 14
• Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick – District 20
• Rep. Lois Frankel – District 22
• Rep. Frederica Wilson – District 24
• Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz – District 25

Challenger Candidates Without Primaries

• Kimberly Walker – U.S. House, District 12
• Eric Lynn – U.S. House, District 13
• Jan Schneider – U.S. House, District 16
• Dr. Cindy Banyai – U.S. House, District 19
• Christine Alexandria Olivo – U.S. House, District 26
• Adam Hattersley – CFO
• Eunic Ortiz, State Senate – District 18
• John Navarra, State House – District 28
• Lindsay Cross, State House – District 60
• Janet Varnell Warwick – State House, District 61
• Forest Blanton, State House – District 84

Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement on the Caucus’ endorsements:

“At a time when the LGBTQ+ community is facing a relentless onslaught of hateful attacks from Republicans, it is critical that we elect leaders who will fight for LGBTQ+ equality at all levels of government. We urge voters to elect these candidates because without you, we lose. LGBTQ+ lives and families are hanging in the balance.”

Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Campaign Director Dave Cutler highlighted the Caucus’s commitment to winning:

“We are proud to endorse these candidates, incumbents and challengers both, who have demonstrated a commitment to full equality for LGBTQ+ Floridians. We look forward to assisting them in their campaigns in whatever way we can and encourage voters to elect them.”

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The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Floridians to the Florida Democratic Party. The Caucus is a statewide organization with chapters in 25 counties across Florida from Pensacola to Orlando to Miami – including most major metropolitan areas and many rural counties in between.