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Houston GLBT Political Caucus Celebrates the Historic Election of Pro-Equality Candidates
News Release
Wednesday, November 07, 2018

HOUSTON - In Harris County, an overwhelming number of voters cast a ballot early for the 2018 Midterm Election. Harris County early voting turnout surpassed 2014’s entire election turnout. And, voters continued this trend through Election Day.

“This 2018 Midterm Election energized an unprecedented volume of voters. Our community’s lives were at stake this election, and it is clear that we united to vote for candidates who believe in equality, inclusion and tolerance. Unlike many other years, the ballot this year symbolized more than just our future political representatives. The ballot this year represented two opposing sets of values for our city, county, state and nation. Although there is still a lot of work to be done, I cannot express how deeply thankful we are for the first-time, young, and minority voters who jumped through all sorts of voter suppression barriers to elect candidates who they knew would fight for the rights of all marginalized communities. We proved that representation matters. We made history by electing 97% of our endorsed judicial candidates and in particular, nineteen black, pro-equality women into judicial seats in our county. We made history by electing two powerful Latinas, Lina Hidalgo and Sylvia Garcia, as our County Judge and Congressional Representative to our US Congress, respectively. And, we were able to prove to our country that we choose tolerance and respect over hatred and bigotry by electing Lizzie Fletcher to Congress. It’s clear our community is ready to hold our representatives accountable for their actions, and we are excited to see this momentum leading into the municipal elections next year.” said Mike Webb, President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus.

“As an undocumented, queer Latina, this Midterm Election was more than just an opportunity for our city, county, and nation to prove that we believe in equality, inclusion, and tolerance. This election was an opportunity for many Americans to prove their compassion and respect to immigrant, refugee, LGBTQIA+, and Latinx communities who have been continuously attacked by all levels of government. I cannot express how grateful I am to see that our youth and minority communities organized tirelessly to ensure that voters saw past our country’s far-right fear-mongering tactics and rose above all odds to elect our organization’s most diverse slate of pro-equality candidates. Electing Lina Hidalgo as our next County Judge proves that we need proactive leadership that takes climate change into account in order to protect vulnerable communities from lasting flooding effects. It is unbelievable to know that Sylvia Garcia is our first Latina congresswoman from Texas, but it is so inspiring to have an ally who will dispel myths about immigrant, refugee, Latinx and LGBTQIA+ communities in Congress.  Today’s election results prove that when we stand together, we can protect our communities from the harmful rhetoric and policies that attempt to plague our politics. Together, we can defend our communities by standing up for what’s right and electing candidates who will protect and empower our communities. Si se puede!” said Maria Trevino-Rodriguez, Communications Director of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus.

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