May 24, 2018 at 2:53 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Victory Fund makes latest Md. endorsements

The LGBTQ Victory Fund on May 22, 2018, endorsed Gabriel Acevero in his race for the Maryland House of Delegates. He would be the first openly gay man of Afro-Latino descent elected to the state’s General Assembly if he were to win. (Photo courtesy of Gabriel Acevero)

The LGBTQ Victory Fund on Tuesday announced its latest endorsements in Maryland.

Gabriel Acevero, a gay man of Afro-Latino descent who is running to represent House District 39 in the Maryland House of Delegates, and Mila Johns, a bisexual woman who is running to represent House District 18, received the group’s endorsement. The Victory Fund on Tuesday also endorsed Kevin Mack, who is running to represent House District 15 in Annapolis

Acevero would be the first openly gay man of Afro-Latino descent elected to the Maryland General Assembly if he were to win his race. Johns is the first openly bisexual person to run for the General Assembly.

“Gabriel has been on the front lines of the fight for LGBTQ equality, he represents the future of our community and we’re pleased to support him in his bid for state delegate,” said Victory Fund President Annise Parker in a statement that Acevero provided to the Washington Blade on Thursday. “His commitment to smart public policy that addresses the real concerns of constituents makes him the best candidate. He’ll be a vital LGBTQ voice in Annapolis.”

The Victory Fund on its its website describes Johns as “a fierce advocate for single payer healthcare, increased public education funding, reproductive justice and protecting union jobs.”

The Victory Fund has endorsed state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), who could become the country’s first openly gay state governor if he were to defeat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in November.

The Victory Fund in March endorsed Gender Rights Maryland Executive Director Dana Beyer, who is running to succeed Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) in the Maryland Senate and would become the first openly transgender member of the General Assembly if she wins. State Del. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City), who is running for state Senate, has also received the Victory Fund’s backing.

The Victory Fund has also endorsed state Dels. Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) and Anne Kaiser (D-Montgomery County), Howard County Register of Wills Byron MacFarlane, Frederick County Board of Election member Liz Barrett and Montgomery County Council candidates Pete Fosselman and Evan Glass.

“I’m excited to have the support of the Victory Fund,” said Acevero in the press release he sent to the Blade. “At a time when our community is being targeted and marginalized, the work we do at the state level matters.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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