October 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT | by John Klenert
A vote for honesty and fairness
Lorie Masters, gay news, Washington Blade

Attorney General candidate Lorie Masters spoke at the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club endorsement meeting on Oct. 6, 2014. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

For the first time, D.C. residents will get to choose our attorney general when we head to the polls. Of five candidates, Lorie Masters brings the most experience working on issues that matter to D.C., and I’ll be casting my ballot for her.

Lorie has more than 30 years of experience practicing law in the District. She has extensive experience handling cases of all sizes, from pro bono cases to complex cases worth hundreds of millions of dollars where she managed teams of lawyers. And through her years of work and her continued commitment to justice, Lorie has more than proven she will demand fair treatment for everyone, no matter their sexual orientation, gender or race.

For her entire career, Lorie has fought insurance companies on behalf of policyholders. She has secured health coverage for individuals diagnosed with rare and life-threatening diseases, guaranteeing that clients get the insurance they need in order to proceed with the treatments recommended by their doctors. She will be able to bring this expertise to the office of attorney general and help to make sure D.C. residents —including members of D.C.’s transgender community who face challenges in receiving the medical services they need — have access to healthcare.

Lorie has represented victims of human trafficking pro bono, and filed groundbreaking federal lawsuits recovering damages for her clients to the tune of millions of dollars. This commitment to justice for victims is important for our future attorney general, as members of D.C.’s LGBT community, particularly our young people, are vulnerable to sex trafficking.

Lorie’s litigated many fair employment and discrimination cases, and has been involved in increasing access to justice for people across D.C. She has served on the boards of several organizations that help the public access pro bono legal services, including the Legal Aid Society and Women’s Bar Association. In addition, Lorie has chaired diversity initiatives through her work with the American Bar Association, and serves on their Gender Equity Task Force.

Our city’s first elected attorney general should be someone we know will run the office with honesty and fairness, and Lorie Masters has more than proven that through her years of commitment to bettering our communities. We don’t often get to vote for a candidate of Lorie’s caliber. That’s why I urge everyone reading this to join me and vote for Lorie Masters on Nov. 4.

John Klenert is a longtime D.C. resident. He served with Lorie Masters on the DC Vote board of directors for six years. 

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