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Gay groups endorse candidates

January 19, 2012 |  7:29 pm

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details:

Some prominent area gay rights groups have endorsed candidates — all of them Democrats - -in several hot races.

HONOR PAC, a Los Angeles-based advocacy organization for Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people announced its endorsements of several openly gay candidates.

They are businesswoman Laurette Healey for the 46th Assembly District in the San Fernando Valley;  Assemblyman Ricardo Lara  of Bell Gardens, who is running in the 33rd State Senate District; Los Angeles planning official Luis Lopez, who is running for the open 51st Assembly District seat on L.A.’s East Side; community activist Torie Osborn, who is running in the 50th Assembly District on the Westside; Assembly Speaker John A. Perez of Los Angeles, who is seeking reelection from the 46th District, and Deputy Dist. Atty. Mario Trujillo, who is running for Los Angeles County district attorney.

HONOR PAC also is supporting Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon in his race for Assembly District 39 in the Valley.  The organization endorsed Alarcon as an “ally candidate,” a straight person who has demonstrated concern and support  regarding issues important to the group.

The Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club said it is backing Rep. Janice Hahn of San Pedro in her contest for the newly drawn 44th Congressional District  and state Sen. Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach, who is running for Congress from the new 47th District.

The Stonewall Democratic Club also has made some endorsements.  It chose  Rep. Brad Sherman over Rep. Howard Berman in their costly fight for the newly drawn 30th Congressional District in the San Fernando Valley.

The Stonewall Club also is supporting Luis Lopez and Torie Osborn, their campaigns announced.

[For the record, 10:26 a.m., Jan 20: An earlier version of this post incorrectly labeled Mario Trujillo as an assistant district attorney.]

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--Jean Merl

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