Tuesday, April 6, 2010

CFAIR Primary Endorsements

Fairness Campaign PAC Endorses Tandy for Mayor and Seven Other Primaries

(Louisville, KY) The political action committee of the Fairness Campaign, CFAIR, proudly announces its endorsements for the May 18, 2010 Primary Elections:

Councilman David Tandy – Mayor of Louisville, Democratic Primary

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh – Metro Council District 9, Democratic Primary

William Cohen – Metro Council District 17, Democratic Primary

Mike Slaton – Kentucky House of Representatives District 41, Democratic Primary

Mike O’Connell – Jefferson County Attorney

Stephanie Pearce Burke – District Court Judge Division 14

Mark Abrams – County Judge Executive, Republican Primary

Curt Morrison – County Judge Executive, Democratic Primary

CFAIR once again conducted an endorsement process that engaged candidates in wide-ranging discussions of issues important to both the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community and the larger Louisville Metro community. CFAIR endorsement interview teams were each populated with a diverse representation of Fairness supporters. Each candidate who completed a CFAIR primary questionnaire was interviewed, including Republican Mayoral Primary candidate Chris Thieneman, who was not endorsed.

In the Democratic Primary for Mayor, CFAIR endorses Councilman David Tandy, a longtime friend of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. This is his third endorsement by CFAIR. In his interview, Councilman Tandy set out a broad, vigorous, and enthusiastic vision for Louisville that included a strong focus on education and a balanced growth of local, independent small businesses alongside larger corporations. He spoke of the commonalities across neighborhoods, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic classes in the Metropolitan area and the practical considerations for moving Louisville forward.

Several other Democratic candidates sought the CFAIR endorsement. Strong interviews were given by Tyler Allen, Greg Fischer, Councilman Jim King and Shannon White. Candidate Connie Marshall also interviewed with the team.

In the Metro Council District 9 Democratic Primary, CFAIR again endorses incumbent Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, a long time and fierce advocate of the LGBT community who was instrumental in the passage of Louisville’s Fairness Ordinance. The CFAIR team was additionally impressed with Ms. Ward-Pugh’s leading voice in the establishment of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, in passing Louisville’s smoke-free legislation and in the Green Triangle Initiative on sustainability.

In the Metro Council District 17 Democratic Primary, CFAIR endorses small business owner and board member/treasurer of the Worthington Fire Department, William Cohen, who exhibited a deep understanding of the intersections of oppression during his interview with the CFAIR team. A resident of the district for more than 30 years, Mr. Cohen cited traffic, zoning, library and public health issues among his chief concerns in the race, and offered practical ideas for improvement.

In Kentucky State House of Representatives District 41 Democratic Primary, CFAIR endorses Mike Slaton, a former Fairness Campaign intern and paid lobbyist in Frankfort running against incumbent Rep. Tom Riner, who has not been openly supportive of the LGBT community.

In the Jefferson County Attorney Primary, CFAIR endorses incumbent Mike O’Connell, a former board member of the Louisville Metro human Relations Commission who testified in favor of the Fairness Ordinance before the Louisville Metro Council.

In the District Court Judge Division 14 Primary, CFAIR endorses Stephanie Pearce Burke, who has worked tirelessly in her career to defend those individuals who otherwise would not have had their voices heard. The CFAIR team believes Mrs. Burke will continue to be a passionate and fair voice from the bench.

In the County Judge Executive Republican Primary, CFAIR endorses Mark Abrams, who has been previously endorsed by CFAIR and expressed he would represent all citizens of Louisville Metro.

In the County Judge Executive Democratic Primary, CFAIR endorses Curt Morrison, who stood out for his vision to use the office as a bully pulpit to advance LGBT issues and build support with allies across the state.

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Committee for Fairness And Individual Rights
P.O. Box 3431 . Louisville, KY . 40201