New PAC seeks to elect openly LGBT candidates in Md.

New PAC seeks to elect openly LGBT candidates in Md.

A new political action committee that seeks to elect openly LGBT people in Maryland will hold its inaugural event on Thursday in Silver Spring.

A new political action committee that seeks to elect openly LGBT candidates in Maryland will officially launch on Thursday.

The Maryland LGBT PAC will hold its inaugural event at Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring.

A press release notes Kris Fair, an LGBT activist who ran for the Frederick Board of Aldermen in 2017, and Brian Gaither, an advocate who lives in Baltimore, will host the event.

“There are a number of strong non-political organizations serving the state’s LGBT community,” said Fair. “But, we’ve really been lacking the one that will get more people to run as openly LGBT candidates and then help them get elected.”

Maryland LGBT PAC has endorsed Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer and Jamie O’Marr in their races for the Maryland Senate. Maryland LGBT PAC is also supporting Gabriel Acevero, Mila Johns, Ashanti Martinez, Patrick Armstrong, Kevin Mack and George Zokie in their races for the Maryland House of Delegates.

Julie Verratti co-owns Denizens Brewing Co. Alec Ross — who is among the Democrats running to succeed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan — in February named Verratti as his running mate.

The LGBTQ Victory Fund has endorsed state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) in the Maryland governor’s race.

“After this election cycle, we’re going to build out our organizational capacity and representation,” said Fair. “We plan to be a significant force in the local elections of 2020 and to play a broader role in the elections of LGBTQ people in the 2022 state elections.”

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