Every LGBT vote countsEditorial, Top Highlights Thursday, May 31st, 2012
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
One thing that definitely matters is this year’s mayoral primary. For starters, whether we have an advocate for LGBT equality in the mayor’s office is a key question.
Carl DeMaio has promised anti-LGBT advocates that LGBT issues are not the purview of the mayor, and will not be a priority should he be elected in November.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Dumanis lives her life authentically and is married to her same-sex partner and would be the personification of LGBT equality.
Nathan Fletcher took a principled stand against his party to support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as well as SB 48, which requires that LGBT history be taught in public schools.
Bob Filner has been a staunch supporter of the community for years and has taken many principled votes in favor of LGBT civil rights. But regrettably, both Fletcher and Filner have, as part of their pasts, anti-LGBT votes.
While this primary will likely produce two candidates who will face off in November, which two remains an open question. That’s why voting next Tuesday is of critical importance; even more important is how you vote. While DeMaio is expected to be one of the candidates in the runoff, anything can happen. So every LGBT vote counts.
I have had several conversations about “strategic” voting: in this case, realizing your candidate has no chance of winning so instead voting for your second choice. Unfortunately, “strategic” voting will hurt Bonnie Dumanis who is the best choice among our two LGBT candidates. Polls indicate that the Dumanis campaign has not caught fire. Those with whom I have spoken about the consideration of “strategic” voting in this mayoral election are all Dumanis supporters.
Fletcher and Filner are tied for second in the most recent polling. If Dumanis supporters “strategically” vote, the outcome of the primary race could produce a Fletcher/Filner runoff. Both Fletcher and Filner are within striking distance of DeMaio in the polls.
Of course, you should vote for who most reflects your values; I simply think that what should drive your vote is picking someone who will advocate for LGBT equality as part of their mayoral agenda. There is only one candidate who has said that LGBT issues are not a priority: Carl DeMaio.
I think you should also measure candidates by the company they keep. If the two Republican candidates, DeMaio and Dumanis, support Mitt Romney for president in November, it will be clear that being a Republican is more important to both than the freedom and equality of the LGBT community.
It is difficult to call out the LGBT candidates in the mayoral race because I want us to have an LGBT mayor. However, our first LGBT mayor should reflect the values of most LGBT citizens not those of the Tea Party or a Republican party that is against LGBT equality. It’s that simple.
We are almost at the day of reckoning, June 5, when the voters will decide the city’s future. The LGBT vote can make a difference in the mayoral race. That’s why, this election, it is critical that we all make our way to the voting booth or mail in our ballots.
Of course, San Diego primaries are notorious for producing front runners who are then rejected in November; otherwise we would have had Mayor Ron Roberts, Mayor Peter Navarro and Mayor Donna Frye. Next week’s vote is the beginning, not the end. On to November.
San Diego LGBT Weekly
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