FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2020
Contact: Sheri Shannon
Victory Fund Endorses Alexsis Rodgers for Richmond City Mayor
RICHMOND, Va. - Today, Richmond mayoral candidate Alexsis Rodgers received the endorsement of Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people who can further equity at all levels of government. Rodgers will be the first openly LGBTQ mayor of Richmond in addition to being the first woman elected to that seat.
“The best run city is one that is representative of all people,” said Rodgers. “Many of the rules that were set up to govern this country were designed to exclude people like me. Without the voices and experiences of LGBTQ individuals in elected office, our power structures will continue to fail us.”
“I am humbled to receive the endorsement of Victory Fund and will continue to advance progressive policies that will uplift queer people in Richmond.”
Since 1991, Victory Fund has worked with countless candidates across the country to make history by helping get them elected, including Delegates Dawn Adams and Danica Roem. When announcing Rodgers’ endorsement, Sean Meloy, senior political director for Victory said, “It is a powerful statement of your campaign’s viability.”
Within the past month, Rodgers continues to add to her list of endorsements, including Run for Something, Our Revolution RVA, Generation Ratify VA, and more than a dozen community leaders, business owners and Virginia elected officials.
Rodgers is the recipient of the 2020 Rodney Lofton Social Justice award for her work fostering healthy connections with the Black LGBTQ community in Richmond. Her record also extends to fighting for health care access, workplace protections, labor and housing rights for LGBTQ people across Virginia.
“We will continue to see disparities and discriminatory practices in our institutions and communities if we don’t address the inequality of power,” Rodgers noted. “The current Black Lives Matter movement and mobilization to dismantle oppressive policies are led by Black and brown queer and trans women, yet we see little gains for these communities. It’s imperative that we center and advocate for underrepresented groups in a transformative way.”
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