PBCHRC Endorses Joe Biden and Bill Weld in Primary

Joe Biden. Photo via Joe Biden, Facebook

The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Voters Alliance has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden Democratic Primary and Bill Weld in the Republican Primary.  

Biden is currently the front runner in Florida with the last poll showing him almost 50 points ahead of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. 

"Like many Democratic Party officeholders, Joe Biden took a long time to evolve on LGBTQ issues.

But once he came out publicly in favor of marriage equality back in 2012, Joe Biden's support of LGBTQ rights has not wavered,” said Rand Hoch, the president of PBCHRC. “When he addressed the United Nations as Vice President, Joe Biden called transgender rights 'the civil rights issue of our time.’ Joe Biden pledged to make the Equality Act a top priority for his administration and he opposes any legislation that would allow religion to be used as license to discriminate. Joe Biden deserves the support of the LGBTQ community.”

Early voting has started in Florida. Election is Tuesday, March 17. 

Meanwhile on the Republican side President Donald Trump is almost guaranteed to win Florida and the nomination. So far Weld has received 1 delegate to Trump’s 833. 

"Unlike most Republican Party officeholders, Bill Weld has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ community. As Governor of Massachusetts, Bill Weld recognized domestic partnership rights, took steps to protect gay and lesbian students, and signed an amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage,” Hoch said. “Bill Weld created the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth and supported allowing transgender individuals access to bathrooms of their choice. Bill Weld has earned the support of LGBTQ Republican voters."

Below is the list of their local endorsements. 

Constitutional Tax Collector - Anne Gannon 

Palm Beach County Commission (Dist. 1) - Karen Marcus

Boca Raton Mayor - Scott Singer

Boynton Beach City Commission (Dist. 2) - Woodrow Hay

Boynton Beach City Commission (Dist. 4) - Ty Penserga

Delray Beach City Commission (Seat 2) - William Bathurst 
Delray Beach City Commission (Seat 4) - Shirley Johnson 
Haverhill Town Council (Seat 2) - Ray Caranci 
Jupiter Town Council (Dist. 1) - Wayne Posner 
North Palm Beach Village Council (Group 3) - Darryl C. Aubrey
Palm Beach Gardens City Council (Group 3) Chelsea Reed 
Palm Beach Shores Mayor - Myra Koutzen
West Palm Beach City Commission (Dist. 1) - Kelly Shoaf 
West Palm Beach City Commission (Dist. 5) - Christina Lambert


Visit PBCHRC.org/endorsements to check out their endorsements online.