If you are running for office and seek our endorsement, but do not see your race or appropriate questionnaire here, please contact Kate Kennedy at 216-509-4295 or email: stonewall.endorsements@gmail.
In 2020 we will be endorsing candidates for the United States House of Representatives, the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives, and several county offices, including 5 Cuyahoga County Council seats. Interviews and endorsements meetings will be held in February and June, following the schedule of primary and general elections. Although we do not officially endorse a Presidential candidate, we will be working hard to elect the Democratic candidate for the Presidency.
In addition, we will vote to endorse candidates in 19 judicial races; 18 of these candidates will face Democratic primaries on March 17, so they will be notified by mail in January and be asked to complete a questionnaire. There are no interviews for Judicial candidates.
- The Primary (including a Presidential primary) will be held on March 17, 2020th. (Absentee voting is extended through April 28th.)
- Dates for the post primary endorsement process are being pushed back due to COVID-19. New dates to be shared with candidates who have applied ASAP once determined.
- The General Election will be on November 3, 2020.
In order to get to know the candidates who seek our endorsement, we require them to fill out a questionnaire which is accessible on this website. The questionnaire for non-judicial offices contains 20 items covering local ordinances, policies and legislation that greatly impact the happiness and well-being of people in the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to its usefulness as a way of vetting candidates and casting a light on their opinions and attitudes regarding the LGBTQIA+ community, it also gives candidates some insight into issues that we might ask them to discuss in the interview or work on with us later if/when they become elected officials.
About a week after the questionnaire’s submission deadline, we conduct brief interviews with candidates for non-judicial races. A panel of CSD members discuss any questionnaire items candidates might have trouble with, and when necessary educate candidates who may not be familiar with some of the issues we consider key to being a fair-minded public servant.
After Judicial candidates submit their questionnaires their responses are considered by a panel of CSD members who are lawyers, former judges or otherwise legally- trained professionals.
The last step occurs at our regular meeting where candidates address the members present, and the members in turn vote. A vote of 60% of the members present is necessary for endorsement.
2020 U.S. CONGRESS, OHIO SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND COUNCIL MEMBERS QUESTIONNAIRE:
Election and Voter Information:
County Board of Elections Sites