Prizm News / August 18, 2018 / By Bob Vitale
Betsy Rader is running for Congress in the 14th District of Northeast Ohio. In the photo at the top, she campaigns with state Rep. Nickie Antonio of Lakewood. (Photos by Rader campaign via Facebook.)

Betsy Rader is one of 11 pro-LGBTQ candidates in Ohio who’ve been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign.


By Bob Vitale 

The effort to reach 1.8 million equality-minded Ohio voters begins with a single door-knock. 


Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin will be in the Cleveland suburb of Mayfield Village this morning to kick off a day of canvassing for Democrat Betsy Rader in Ohio’s 14th Congressional District. Rader is one of 11 pro-LGBTQ candidates in the state who’ve received HRC endorsements in the Nov. 6 elections. 

Volunteers for Rader, a Geauga County lawyer who’s challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, will knock on doors and reach out to voters to talk about issues facing LGBTQ Americans. 

Rader favors expanding federal nondiscrimination laws to cover sexual orientation and gender identity, and she lists “equal and fair treatment for all” as one of her campaign priorities. Joyce has a poor record of support for LGBTQ issues; he has scored an average of 8 out of 100 possible points on HRC scorecards compiled since he was first elected in 2012.

The 14th Congressional District covers parts of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties.  

Griffin also is in Ohio this weekend for Cleveland’s 25th annual HRC Gala. The fundraising dinner helps fuel the national LGBTQ civil-rights group’s efforts, and Ohio is a big focus of those efforts this year. 

Its nationwide effort called HRC Rising, starting in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nevada, has deployed dozens of new full-time staff members in what the organization is calling its biggest-ever grassroots deployment. 

In Ohio, HRC plans on reaching out to voters whom it says support LGBTQ-inclusive policies such marriage equality, equitable family law, and laws that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  

The 1.8 million equality-voters, it says, are enough to swing statewide races to equality-minded candidates such as Democratic gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray, Rader and fellow congressional candidates Aftab Pureval (1st District), Danny O’Connor (12th District), Rader and Rick Neal (15th District.) 

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