Washington, DC – Today, Equality PAC announced their endorsement of Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales for Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District. Morales is running to replace Congressman Earl Blumenauer who announced his retirement at the end of the 118th Congress. Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District is considered a safe Democratic seat.
“Equality PAC is proud to stand with Eddy in his race to represent Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District in the House of Representatives,” said Equality PAC Co-Chairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-CA) and Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY). “As a city councilor, Eddy understands that all politics is local and that if we want to make progress in advancing equality, we need to meet voters where they are at the local level. That is exactly what Eddy has done as a city councilor and small business owner, working with members of his community to change hearts and minds and grow support for our cause. We need this forward thinking in Congress as we work to build a new pro-equality majority that will pass the Equality Act, protect trans rights, and defend the LGBTQ community.”
“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of Equality PAC, an organization that shares my dedication to building a future where every voice is heard, and every individual is valued, regardless of who they are or who they love,” said Eddy Morales. “This endorsement is so meaningful to me as it shows the decades I have spent building up power within the LGBTQ community and how far we’ve come. I am excited to be on this journey with Equality PAC.”
Eddy grew up in Oregon with his mom and siblings. He learned early on from the positive impact that his mother had on the community that no one is dispensable. Eddy started organizing 24 years ago when he helped organize a boycott for farm workers that were not getting fair wages. He has now been serving as City Councilor for the City of Gresham for six years. His mom was deported as he was going off to college and passed away the same year her 10-year ban was up. Since then, he has worked hard on Housing, gun violence, immigration and alongside labor to protect workers’ rights. Eddy has dedicated his entire life to fighting for his family and community. On the council and in our community, Eddy Morales has been a voice for progress who’s been able to deliver resources and solutions—and he will do the same for us in Congress. He will fight for reproductive rights, job creation, housing, climate reform, and a great education for all kids.
Equality PAC’s mission is simple: to elect more LGBTQ+ persons to Congress — individuals who will have a seat at the table, impact the debate, and humanize the LGBTQ community’s concerns. All the funds we raise are used to elect and re-elect LGBTQ persons to Congress and secondarily support strong LGBTQ community allies who will proudly and unapologetically stand with us in the fight to pass the Equality Act and equal protection under our nation’s laws.
In the short time that Equality PAC has existed, Equality PAC has played an unmatched role in making history for the LGBTQ community, electing LGBTQ leaders at the federal level such as current House Members Sharice Davis (Kansas); Ritchie Torres (New York); Becca Balint (Vermont); Robert Garcia (California); Eric Sorensen (Illinois); Angie Craig (Minnesota); and Chris Pappas (New Hampshire), as well as former House Member Mondaire Jones (New York). Equality PAC has been instrumental in winning key races that have determined control of Congress because we know that without pro-Equality majorities, the progress our community has made and the civil rights and equal protections we have fought so hard for, and are still fighting for every day, remain in jeopardy.