Peter Boykin, the founder and president of the group Gays for Trump, announced last month that he is running as a Republican for a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives in a district representing Greensboro.
Boykin is challenging Amos Quick, a Democratic incumbent who serves as pastor of a black church in a Democratic leaning district. Despite what on the surface appears to be an uphill effort to win election to the seat, Boykin said his platform and positions on local and national issues will draw the attention of voters.
Among other things, he said his platform focuses on “school, church, and public safety for everyone, proper gun training and safety, and employment and job security.”
“I want to ensure people of all walks of life are treated with dignity and respect so long as they also return the favor,” he said in a statement. “Equality is treating everyone with equal respect regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political party, or opinions.”
Boykin was in D.C. on Sunday for a rally at the Lincoln Memorial in support of President Donald Trump for which he served as lead organizer. The event drew about 100 people.
His campaign announcement says Boykin is technical producer and co-owner of MAGA One Radio, a North Carolina-based online radio network that provides news and commentary from a conservative perspective.
His campaign announcement mentions the gun issue prominently.
“Gun free does not mean removal of guns, but allows for an authorized protection plan that will permit properly trained individuals to protect churches and schools in cases of emergencies with firearms,” the statement says.
“My goal as a representative for Greensboro, N.C. is to ensure our children and our families feel secure and safe when attending school, church, or public events knowing trained individuals are present to safeguard their lives and they will all make it home each and every day,” his statement says.