SC Equality’s political action committee endorses Ginny Deerin in Charleston mayor’s race

Ginny Deerin is a candidate in the Charleston mayoral race.

SC Equality’s political action committee has endorsed Ginny Deerin in the Charleston mayoral race, according to a news release from Deerin’s campaign.

The statewide, nonpartisan group works to secure civil and human rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender South Carolinians.

Deerin, who identifies herself as a member of the LGBT community, said, she and the group share the same values. “I’m proud to have their support as the campaign heats up, and I look forward to working with them to turn good ideas into reality for Charleston.”

The group “has a reputation of carefully vetting candidates and endorsing ones who are well-positioned to win, have forward-looking vision, and are capable of building a more inclusive community,” Deerin said.

Carol Fowler, a member of the PAC’s board, praised Deerin’s vision and commitment to improving the lives of all Charlestonians. “Ginny Deerin will bring to the office of mayor a broad vision of how to include all Charlestonians in the city’s future,” Fowler said. “She’s committed to tackling tough issues like improving job opportunities for those left out of Charleston’s booming tourism economy and leading collaborative efforts to make our schools better and safer for our youth. And her vision is inclusive of all Charlestonians, as she continues to defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents and other minority or marginalized citizens.”

The SC Equality PAC supports candidates who fully endorse LGBT rights, demonstrate that their campaigns are viable, and, if elected, will improve the lives of LGBT citizens and communities.

“After a rigorous interview process, we have concluded Ginny Deerin is the candidate who best meets all of our criteria for endorsement, and we urge the LGBT community along with all Charlestonians to support her candidacy,” said Dr. Todd Shaw, chairman of the SC Equality PAC Board.

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