RainbowPAC Candidate Endorsements: Vote June 7
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RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, has endorsed former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg for Sacramento Mayor. The endorsement was made by a vote of Chamber members in attendance at the organization’s endorsement event April 21.

“Darrell Steinberg has supported LGBT equality and inclusion since the earliest days of his political career when he served on the Sacramento City Council. He’s marched in every LGBT Pride Parade; he’s participated in Rainbow Chamber events; and he’s demonstrated leadership in combatting hate crimes and hate speech against any minority,” said Chamber President Paul Weubbe. “But just as importantly, our members believe Darrell possesses the experience, the leadership abilities and the wisdom that are crucial to ushering Sacramento into a new era of prosperity and economic growth.”

“Rainbow Chamber and RainbowPAC are organizations that connect the progressive values of diversity, inclusion and equality with support for small business and economic development,” Steinberg said. “I am honored to receive this endorsement and proud of the confidence Rainbow Chamber members have demonstrated in me to lead our city as Mayor.”

RainbowPAC also endorsed Brian Caples, one of two Democrat running for the District 6 Assembly seat previously held by Republican Beth Gaines, who will be termed out in December. Caples is pitted against two far-right conservative frontrunners, business owner Bill Halldin of Rocklin and Andy Pugno, lead counsel for anti-LGBT organization ProtectMarriage.com and co-author of Proposition 8. Halldin, who is heavily endorsed, leads in fundraising. Pugno and Gaines faced off in the 2012 race for the seat, when Gaines took almost 70% of the vote in the general election. A total of 11 candidates are running in the geographically sprawling district, which includes large swaths of east Sacramento and Placer counties.

Others who received RainbowPAC endorsement are former Assemblymember Mariko Yamada for Senate District 3; incumbent Cathleen Galgiani for Senate District 5; Folsom City Councilmember Kerri Howell for Sacramento County Supervisor District 4; Don Saylor for State Assembly District 4; Brian Caples for Assembly District 6; incumbent Kevin McCarty, who is running unopposed for Assembly District 7; and incumbent Ken Cooley for Assembly District 8. The group also endorsed incumbents Allen Wayne Warren, Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra and Larry Carr for Sacramento City Council; Gary Miller for Roseville School District Board; and Walter Garcia Kawamoto for Twin Rivers School District.

RainbowPAC, the non-partisan political action committee of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, was established in 2012. For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and RainbowPAC, visit www.rainbowchamber.com.