Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Richard Hernandez, on behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors, expressed gratitude that California voters supported Proposition 55 endorsed by the Chamber’s non-partisan political action committee, RainbowPAC, and Chamber members.
“RainbowPAC and Chamber members endorsed California Proposition 55 because it reflected our members’ view that the economic prosperity of our state depends on adequate funding for schools and hospitals and a robust social-service safety net,” Hernandez said. “We are gratified that California voters supported our choice.
“We also extend our congratulations to our successful local candidate endorsees: State Senate District 3 incumbent Cathleen Galgiani; Assembly District 7 incumbent Kevin McCarty; Assembly District 8 incumbent Ken Cooley; Rancho Cordova City Council incumbent Donald Terry; SMUD Director Ward 1 candidate Brandon Rose; Roseville City School District incumbent Gary Miller; Washington Unified School District (West Sacramento) incumbent Cody Pizzotti and candidate Jackie Wong; and Solano Community College District Trustee Area 5 Quinten Voyce.
“In addition to these successful candidates, Chamber and RainbowPAC members endorsed Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento City Councilmembers Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra, Larry Carr and Allen Warren in the primary election,” Hernandez said.
“We look forward to working with these newly elected and veteran leaders on creating an economically prosperous, diverse and inclusive community.”
More Picks: Hansen, Carr for City Council, Howell for County Supervisor
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.
Sacramento Rainbow PAC Endorses Hansen, Kerth for City Council
Cooley, Johnson, Pannell Among Those Endorsed by Non-Partisan Business PAC
April 3, SACRAMENTO—A political action committee launched recently by the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce has endorsed candidates in two hotly contested Sacramento City Council races: Genentech executive and openly gay community activist Steve Hansen for Council District 4, and former City Council member and current SMUD Board of Director Rob Kerth for Council District 2. “I look forward to working very closely with [the] Rainbow Chamber as we expand business opportunities for everyone throughout Sacramento,” Kerth said.
“The Rainbow Chamber works tirelessly to foster a healthy economy in Sacramento, and I’m proud to have their support as we redouble our efforts to get Sacramento back in the black,” Hansen said. If elected, Hansen would be the first openly gay member of the Sacramento City Council.
Launched in February 2012, the Chamber’s Rainbow PAC supports candidates and issues that foster equality, inclusion and a prosperous business environment. Rainbow PAC Chair Dr. Darrick Lawson said the PAC fills a need for a non-partisan, business-positive PAC committed to LGBT equality and other issues of fairness and inclusion. “The Rainbow PAC will allow LGBT people of all political persuasions to have a voice in the political process,” Lawson said, “as well as support candidates and policies that promote business growth and job creation.”
At its first endorsement meeting, Rainbow PAC endorsed candidates in a number of other local-regional races, including incumbent Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who recently pledged his support of same-sex marriage by joining the national initiative “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.” Other endorsements include Dr. Richard Pan for State Assembly District 9, who recently introduced AB 1505 to help California LGBT veterans; Rancho Cordova City Councilmember Ken Cooley for State Assembly District 8; incumbent Assemblymember Roger Dickinson for State Assembly District 7, who introduced AB 1960 to help California LGBT small business be counted within state contracting reports; and Sacramento City Council incumbents Kevin McCarty for Council District 7 and Bonnie Pannell for Council District 8, who are not known to be aligned with Mayor Johnson on issues like city redistricting, the new downtown entertainment sports complex, and most recently the city’s sewer-water plan and infrastructure.
Other Rainbow PAC endorsements include Rep. Doris Matsui for Congressional District 6 and Jack Uppal for Congressional District 4; Sacramento County Board of Supervisor candidates Jeff Kravitz for District 3 and Gary N. Blenner for District 4.; business owner Greg Higley for Elk Grove Mayor; and Twin Rivers Unified School District Trustee candidates Walter Garcia Kawamoto, Ph.D., Cortez Quinn, and Annette Emery.
Established in 2012, the RainbowPAC supports candidates for public office and ballot initiatives that will have an impact on the Sacramento area’s LGBT community and its many businesses and enhance the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce members’ awareness of political and social issues, visit www.rainbowpac.org. ###