If your city is not among those listed below, and you would like to seek our endorsement, please reach out to Kate Kennedy, VP for Political Strategy or Dara Adkison, President. Our next meeting is on July 18th, we encourage you to join us and learn more about CSD. (Meeting details are here.)
In 2019 we will be endorsing candidates for council and mayors in 18 cities. We have divided the election season into 3 separate groups, following the schedule of primary and general elections.
- The first primary of the season was held on May 7th.
- The second is on September 10th.
- The General Election will be on November 5th.
- In the first phase, which began on February 12th, candidates from Berea and Parma completed a questionnaire, were interviewed, and appeared before the CSD Membership on March 21st.
- We are currently in the second phase, which includes Rocky River, Lakewood and Maple Heights. These candidates have the same questionnaire and essentially follow the same process and timing as in Phase 1. Their endorsements will be voted on at the July 18th meeting.
- Beginning August 8th, candidates from the 10 remaining cities will go through the same process. Invitations will be sent with instructions to access the questionnaire, interviews will be scheduled for those who submit their questionnaires, and candidates will address the membership at our final endorsement meeting on September 19th .
- The 10 cities are: Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, University Heights
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 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. 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. 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.
2019 CITY COUNCIL QUESTIONNAIRE
2019 MAYORAL QUESTIONNAIRE
Election and Voter Information:
County Board of Elections Sites
PREVIOUS ENDORSEMENT QUESTIONNAIRE LINKS
The Judicial Questionnaire is also available for download: