For Immediate Release May 29, 2012
For Further Information Contact: Allen Roskoff, 917-553-7180

One Of City’s Top LGBT Political Clubs Endorses Congressional Candidates In Hotly Contested Races

Nydia Velazquez, Charles Rangel for Re-Election to Congress, Rory Lancman and Hakeem Jeffries for First Term  Congressmembers  and others for Election 2012

Jim Owles endorses congressional candidates in hotly contested races

New York, May 24, 2010 -- The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, named for the legendary gay activist Jim Owles, endorsed Nydia Velazquez and Charles Rangel for re-election to Congress. First-time congressional candidates Rory Lancman, running in Queens, and Hakeem Jeffries, running in Brooklyn, also received the club's nod.  

“Congressmember Velazquez embodies the progressive ideals of the Jim Owles club and has proven to be a fighter for all New Yorkers,” said Allen Roskoff, club President.  “Her bold ideas, including her active support to secure the rights of immigrants, improve the lives of low-income and middle-class New Yorkers, improve education and fight for an end to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, demonstrate a fierce determination to progressive values that is badly needed in the halls of Congress.”

Charles Rangel was supported because of his lifelong career of fighting for civil rights and economic justice. "Congressmember Rangel has spent his entire career using the power of his office to advance the rights of all disenfranchised people," Roskoff continued. "Rep. Rangel has been an outspoken proponent of marriage equality and for the repeal of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. Rangel's opponents, including his chief opponent Adriano Espaillat, did not respond to repeated requests to appear before our screening panel. Anyone who does not want to run with the support of leading LGBT organizations cannot be trusted to be true fighters in the cause to further these basic rights"

For the newly-vacated congressional seat in the Sixth Congressional District in Queens Rory Lancman received an early endorsement due to his longtime commitment to the labor movement and his unwavering support for marriage equality and reproductive rights.  In Brooklyn's 8th district, Hakeem Jeffries is endorsed based on his extraordinary work in the State Assembly. Jeffries’ opponent, Charles Barron, opposes marriage equality, which is just one of many troubling reasons he has not received the club's endorsement. 

 In our consideration, commitment to liberal values is more important than politics as usual. We were impressed with each of our endorsed candidate's strong commitment to issues about which our club cares deeply, including support for marriage equality, reproductive rights, access to healthcare, the Dream Act, support for ethics reform in Albany and Washington and opposition to the death penalty.

 The club also endorsed candidates for President, US Senate, other Congressional seats, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, Democratic State Committee and District Leader. 


Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Endorsement List Primary 2012

PRESIDENT: Barack Obama

UNITED STATES SENATE: Kirsten Gillibrand




7th Nydia Velazquez, Brooklyn

8th Hakeem Jeffries, Brooklyn

9th Yvette Clarke, Brooklyn

10th Jerry Nadler, Manhattan/Brooklyn

11th  Mark Murphy, Brooklyn/Staten Island

12th Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan/Queens

13th Charles Rangel, Manhattan

15th Jose Serrano, Bronx



11th Senate District, Tony Avella, Queens

13th Senate District, Jose R. Peralta, Queens

16th Senate District, Toby Ann Stavisky, Queens

18th Senate District, Jason Otano, Brooklyn

20th Senate District, Eric Adams, Brooklyn

21st Senate District, Kevin S. Parker, Brooklyn

22nd Senate District, Andrew Gounardes, Brooklyn

23rd Senate District, Diane J. Savino, Staten Island/Brooklyn

25th Senate District, Velmanette Montgomery, Brooklyn

28th Senate District, Liz Krueger, Manhattan

30th Senate District, Bill Perkins, Manhattan

31st Senate District, Adriano Espillat, Manhattan

33nd Senate District, Gustavo Rivera, Manhattan



28th Assembly District, Andrew Hevesi, Queens

39th Assembly District Francisco Moya, Queens

42nd Assembly District Rhoda Jacobs, Brooklyn

44th Assembly District James F. Brennan, Brooklyn

52nd Assembly District Joan Millman, Brooklyn

57th Assembly District Olanike Alabi, Brooklyn

61st Assembly District Matthew Titone, Staten Island

64th Assembly District Sheldon Silver, Manhattan

70th Assembly District, Keith L.T. Wright, Manhattan

71st Assembly District Herman D. Farrell, Jr., Manhattan

72nd Assembly District Gabriela Rosa, Manhattan

73rd Assembly District Dan Quart, Manhattan

75th Assembly District Richard Gottfried, Manhattan


Surrogate Court, ManhattanRita Mella

1st Civil Court in Brooklyn, Richard Monteleone 

3rd Civil Court District, ManhattanOlga Statz

52nd Assembly District State Committee, BrooklynJo Anne Simon

66th Assembly District State Committee, ManhattanArthur Schwartz 

67th  Assembly District State Committee, Manhattan: Arthur Greig



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