Q: Do you consider yourself to be an LGBTQ ally? Why/why not?
In researching the Human Rights Campaign’s definition of “ally,” I see that definition being wrapped up in how I live out my faith, which is to “love my neighbor as myself.” I see each person as a human being irrespective of sexual orientation, or any other demographic factor. As a public servant, I owe a duty to act in the best interests of everyone in our community. So from my perspective, my answer is yes. Additionally, I have many friends and some family members who are part of the LGBTQ community, and I love them no differently than anyone who isn’t part of the LGBTQ community.
Q: As an elected official, what role will you play or push your elected body to play in promoting the safety and wellness of LGBTQ people who are parents, children, homes, or color, disabled, tourists, new to the area?
I’m a strong proponent of building personal relationships, and influencing through those relationships. While I would not “push” anyone to do anything, I would lead by example, and that has worked well for me in the past.
Q: Are you safe-space trained and, if not, are you willing to be and to push your fellow official, staff, and partners to get trained, along with trainings in implicit bias and bystander training addressing race and gender issues that also affect members of the LGBTQ community?
Having researched “safe-space” training, I am not trained. However, I am willing to get trained; and as previously stated, I would not “push” anyone to do anything, but I would lead by my example.
Q: What else do you want the local LGBTQ community to know about you?
Nothing at this time. Additional information will be provided, if necessary, as the campaign continues.