RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC are backing several pro-equality candidates in hopes it will help repeal House Bill 2.RELATED: FULL COVERAGE OF HB2
On Thursday, the organizations announced 15 candidates for the North Carolina General Assembly across the state they are supporting.
For North Carolina House of Representatives they’re endorsing 10 Democrats and one unaffiliated candidate.
The Democrats are Rep. John Ager, Cynthia Ball, Chaz Beasley, Mary Belk, Sue Counts, Terence Everitt, Jennifer Ferrell, Judge Joe John, Rochelle Rivas, and Rep. Brian Turner.
Jane Campbell is a Democrat, according to her campaign information, but she is running as an unaffiliated candidate.
For the North Carolina State Senate, they have endorsed four Democrats – Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, Sen. Jeff Jackson, Sen. Joyce Waddell, and Wake County School Board Member Susan Evans.
They’ve already announced their endorsement for Roy Cooper’s campaign for governor.
Both organizations say HB2 is one of the most prominent issues in the upcoming election.
Executive Director of Equality NC Chris Sgro said, “Just this week we’ve lost the NCAA and ACC tournament games. The need now is clearer than ever for the LGBT community and our allies to step up and say, ‘You know what, this is not who North Carolina is. We need new leadership,'” said Executive Director of Equality NC and N.C. General Assembly member Chris Sgro.
There’s an estimated 331,000 LGBTQ adults of voting age living in North Carolina, the organizations said.