Equality PAC Statement on Evan Low’s Win in California’s 16th Congressional District Recount

Washington, DC – Today, Equality PAC released the following statement congratulating Equality PAC endorsed candidate State Assemblymember Evan Low on his win in California’s 16th Congressional District recount. After recounting more than 180,000 ballots, election officials confirmed that Low placed second in the jungle primary by five votes, advancing to the general election. Low will face former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo in November.

“We are so excited that this November, voters in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties will have the opportunity to send Evan to Congress to become part of our new pro-equality majority in the House,” said Equality PAC Co-Chairs Ranking Member Mark Takano (D-CA) and Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY). “This process was filled with a ton of ups and downs, and we are grateful to Evan, his team, and his supporters for fighting so hard to secure this victory during the recount process. Every vote, every dollar, every door knocked, every phone call, and every endorsement made the difference in this race. Equality PAC was proud to play a role in connecting Evan and his team with resources that gave him just enough votes to advance to the generation election this fall. In tight races with crowded primary fields, this is where Equality PAC can make the difference between winning and losing. As we move towards this next phase of the campaign, we will continue to stand with Evan as we work together to build a diverse coalition of voters that will ensure a victory on election night.” 

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.


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