PALM SPRINGS — Hours after Equality California released its endorsements for the upcoming Palm Springs City Council election, a candidate who was not endorsed cried foul.
“I find it surprising because I was neither interviewed nor even invited to interview,” Scott Myer, a candidate for District 1, told Uken Report.
He cited the group’s news release that states, “After a rigorous interview process, we are confident that each of these endorsed candidates will champion LGBTQ equality and social justice for all vulnerable communities as members of the Palm Springs City Council.”
Myer maintains he the “only candidate” that actually has represented the LGBTQ community for the past couple decades in civil rights lawsuits.
“I have filed lawsuits on behalf of LGBTQ individuals for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other civil rights violations for many, many years,” Myer said. “But, I am the candidate that they excluded….doesn’t make any sense.”
Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization has endorsed Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Geoff Kors in his re-election bid for Palm Springs City Council District 3. Kors previously served as the organization’s executive director from 2002 to 2011. The organization also has endorsed Dennis Woods for City Council District 2 and has dual-endorsed Grace Garner and Les Young for City Council District 1.
“Palm Springs has a record of electing strong, pro-equality candidates to the city council and we expect the 2019 election to be no different,” Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur said in a prepared statement. “After a rigorous interview process, we are confident that each of these endorsed candidates will champion LGBTQ equality and social justice for all vulnerable communities as members of the Palm Springs City Council.”
The Palm Springs general municipal election will take place on Nov. 5, 2019. This is the first election under the city’s new district-based elections. For a complete list of Equality California’s 2019 and 2020 endorsements, click here.
For a complete list of Equality California’s 2019 and 2020 endorsements, click here.
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. It brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. It advances civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those it serves. To learn more, click here.
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