Today the Rainbow Democrats are announcing our endorsements for the 2021 election cycle. After a careful review of statements made in our candidate questionnaire, support, and legislative records, the Caucus membership voted to endorse Commissioner Regina Hill for City of Orlando Commissioner District 5 and Nicolette Springer for City of Orlando Commissioner District 3.
Rainbow Democrats President Matthew Inman issued the following statement on the Caucus’ endorsement:
“We are proud to endorse Commissioner Regina Hill and City of Orlando District 3 candidate Nicolette Springer with unanimous membership support.
Commissioner Hill’s record and answers to our questionnaire reflect a solid ally to the LGBTQ+ community. One of the questions in the questionnaire asks what it means to be an ally or advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, and her answer reflects her firm commitment, as shown below.
“Being an ally or advocate for the LGBTQ+ community to me means to practice what I preach. I believe that when I say I am a staunch supporter of the City of Orlando’s Human Rights Ordinance, I have a responsibility to those within my district to act on it. I must do this by creating a community and office that is open to everyone while creating safe places for everyone to live/work free of discrimination. I also help provide funding/raise funds for organizations that support the cause of helping the LGBTQ+ Community.”
Throughout the questionnaire, Commissioner Hill demonstrates that she understands the issues facing LGBTQ+ individuals and has provided ways of combating them via examples of current projects or future endeavors.
Candidate Nicolette Springer earned our endorsement due to her extensive work within the community, a firm understanding of the current affairs and existing programs within the city, and plans for enhancing or creating mechanisms that will help the LGBTQ+ community in the City of Orlando. Such as her ideas for helping the homeless, her understanding that climate change affects everyone and must be addressed quickly, addressing the wage gap issue, or creating the cities first LGBTQ Citizen Advisory Board. Additionally, she assisted organizers against the anti-trans bill as our state government continues to attack our trans and non-binary community.
We look forward to having Commissioner Regina Hill and Candidate Nicolette Springer serve the community as City of Orlando Commissioners.“