From the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund:
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the nation’s largest resource for openly LGBT individuals in politics, endorsed Joseph C. Smith for Harford County Council.
“Councilman Joseph Smith has been a strong advocate for public safety and education for Havre de Grace’s residents,” said Torey Carter, managing director of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. “I have no doubt that he will continue to be an advocate for his community if elected to the Harford County Council.”
Smith was elected to the City Council of Havre de Grace, Maryland in 2012, giving him the distinction of being the first openly gay elected official in Harford County. Smith’s involvement in politics came when he was involved with helping his father run for a state house seat in Michigan. In 2009, Smith helped form Stonewall Democrats of Central Maryland (SDCM) and was elected its first vice president. Under Smith’s leadership as membership chair, SDCM attracted 62 members in its first year. Smith was elected in the 2010 Democratic Primary to a seat on the Harford County Democratic Central Committee and currently serves as its treasurer. Smith works as an independent human resources consultant and is co-owner of Glyph Art and Design Studio in Havre de Grace.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund is the largest resource for LGBT individuals in politics. The organization works to elect LGBT leaders to public office for one simple reason. They change America’s politics. As leaders in government, they become the face and voice of a community. They challenge the lies of extremists and speak authentically about themselves, their families and their community. Since 1991, the Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBT candidates win election to local, state and federal offices. This year alone the Victory Fund will endorse more than 200 out LGBT candidates for public office – the largest in the organization’s history.