2020 is shaping up to be the mother of all election years, and not just because there is a political awakening happening all across the nation. The sheer number of LGBTQ candidates running for office at all levels of government is unprecedented in American history.
With literally hundreds of queer candidates on ballots and even more working behind the scenes, it would be impossible to include them all in our Pride 50 roundup. So we've done our best to select a mix of people to highlight, knowing full well that there are many, many others who are just as deserving and worthy of honor this pride season.
Regardless of what happens in November, these politicos are taking up the challenge to run for office, raise funds, and to organize and strategize behind the scenes, all helping to pave the way for the future of equality.
9. Lauren Groh-Wargo
Former campaign manager to Stacey Abrams, and leader of Fair Fight Action, Lauren Groh-Wargo is perhaps the key player in the Democrat’s southern strategy, which is aiming to turn states like Georgia blue as early as 2020.
Prior to heading up Fair Fight Action, Groh-Wargo spent nearly two decades leading or advising political campaigns and progressive organizations across the country, which is where she met the dynamic Abrams, who narrowly lost a bid to become the first Black governor of Georgia in 2018 and is now under consideration as Joe Biden‘s running mate.
In 2014, Groh-Wargo launched and served as the first executive director of the New Georgia Project, working to register new voters across, particularly young voters, in the Peach State.
This year, Groh-Wargo published a New York Times op-ed detailing how Democrats can use Abrams’ historic campaign as a roadmap for taking back the White House in November: by paying meaningful attention to Black voters and, of course, actually delivering on the promises made to them.
We are facing an extraordinary election. It’s going to take more outreach, more voter education and more conversations about tough issues. This is the year to invest in Black voters as never before. And if we do so, we will win.