RALEIGH, N.C. — A statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political action committee has announced its list of endorsements in statewide and judicial races this week.
The Equality NC Action Fund, affiliated with statewide advocacy and education group Equality North Carolina, has endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton and lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Linda Coleman. In addition, several Democrats were also endorsed in Council of State offices, including incumbents Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Attorney General Roy Cooper, Superintendent of Public Schools June Atkinson, State Treasurer Janet Cowell and State Auditor Beth Wood.
In statewide judicial races, the group endorsed Sam Ervin IV, who is seeking election to the North Carolina Supreme Court. Ervin, is the son of of former federal Judge Sam Ervin III and a grandson of former U.S. Sen. Sam Ervin. He currently sits on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, where the fund has endorsed incumbents Wanda G. Bryant, Linda McGee and Cressie Thigpen.
Equality NC Executive Director Staurt Campbell said in a press release that his group’s statewide endorsements reflect their commitment to support candidates “who stand with us 100 percent of the time” and those “who are willing to understand and evolve on our issues.”
Candidates for endorsement are evaluated on multiple factors and each receive an LGBT issue-based questionnaire. Endorsements are determined on candidates’ responses and some interviews, as well as public position statements and past voting records.
The Equality NC Action Fund, which released its legislative endorsements earlier this month, has endorsed only Democrats in this election cycle.
Campbell told qnotes the fund is non-partisan and candidates are endorsed based solely on their positions on LGBT issues. The lack of Republican support, he said, is concerning.
“It does concern me that so far, we are unable to endorse any Republicans running for office,” Campbell said in an email. “Given the need to focus a significant amount of our work this past year attempting to defeat Amendment One, we have not been able to spend as much time as I would like on outreach to candidates of any party beyond sending out our questionnaire, but there are discussions and plans in the works to expand that effort and outreach in future election cycles.”
Endorsements from the Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) for local elections in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are expected sometime within the next couple weeks.