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With a record number of LGBTQ candidates running for office this year, Liberty City Democratic Club had its work cut out for it.

And after months of poring over candidate questionnaires and the last couple weeks of hosting the political hopefuls, the club has released its endorsements for the May 21 primary election.

Sherrie Cohen has decided to drop out of the race for Philadelphia City Council-at-Large following a public disagreement between her campaign manager and fellow LGBTQ candidate Deja Lynn Alvarez.

On March 26, the campaign manager, Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, heckled Alvarez as she was speaking to a crowd of supporters at a Trans Day of Visibility rally at City Hall.

An Emerson poll out of Iowa March 24 has three white men leading the 2020 Democratic presidential primary: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who leads Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) by one point. There are currently 15 Democrats running — nine men and six women.

While 2016 was historic for the first woman nominee, 2020 is also historic: There has never been a presidential race with so many women candidates. Four of those women — Harris, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — are among the smartest, most accomplished and most progressive to ever run.

And, yet mainstream media coverage of the candidates has been saturated with gendered-biased reporting despite the overwhelming wins by women in the 2018 midterm elections.

Dozens of candidates running for City Council at-Large seats who had their nomination petitions challenged now have a clear path to the primary ballot.

The competitor who challenged them had a sudden illness that caused him to faint, and eventually have a change of heart.

Democrats won two seats in the state House after winning special elections on March 12.

In Philadelphia’s 190th District, Democrat Movita Johnson-Harrell is going to Harrisburg. With 78 of 80 precincts reporting, Johnson-Harrell won almost 67 percent of the vote, beating Amen Brown of the Amen Brown Party, Pamela Williams of the Working Families Party and Republican Michael Harvey.

 While anticipation mounts for the 2020 presidential election, there are candidates for offices across the country who could start making an impact this year.

Those at LGBTQ Victory Fund — the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office — are onboard with those 2019 hopefuls.

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