New York City— Today, Voice for Refuge Action Fund released its endorsements for candidates in Texas for the upcoming general elections. We are proud to endorse Representative Stephanie Murphy. We are also pleased to announce endorsement for Val Demings for US Senate and Janelle Perez for Florida State Senate District 38.
“It is not enough to simply have representation at the Federal level, we must have representation across the ballot, from local to federal level. We are excited to support these candidates as they ensure that more individuals with refugee stories will be represented and heard; upholding our nation’s ideals of welcome, and human rights for all,” said Mary Elizabeth Margolis, Voice for Refuge’s Acting Managing Director.
“Representative Murphy is the first Vietnamese-American woman to have served in Congress, and we look forward to being able to continue to endorse candidates that pave the way for allowing these backgrounds and stories to be represented and heard at all levels of government. We also look forward to Val Demings representing Florida in the Senate to replace anti-refugee Senator Marco Rubio.”
“Within the government of Florida, state and local leadership must better protect too often marginalized communities across the state. We know that Perez will continue in her work to ensure that all Floridians are represented and that their human rights are protected.”
This is Voice for Refuge’s third round of endorsements in the 2022 elections, and the third time the 501c(4) organization has endorsed candidates for election. Voice for Refuge Action Fund specifically aims to endorse candidates based upon their stance on refugee issues. See all of our endorsements at www.voiceforrefuge.org/endorsements
Candidates were endorsed based on their answers to questions about their support for refugee resettlement, their work on welcoming refugees and immigrants in their community, and their understanding of policies specific to their potential role as a Federal, State, or Local representative. An individual’s public statements and any applicable past actions were also assessed.
The election is November 8th this year. Early voting/mail in voting in Florida starts October 29th and the last day to request an absentee ballot is October 29th.
Voice for Refuge is the first 501(c)4 organization created to advance pro-refugee policies at the national, state, and local level and to hold elected leaders accountable to upholding America’s legacy of welcome. Voice for Refuge is educating the public about the benefits of refugee resettlement, advocating for pro-refugee policies in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, and increasing civic engagement among refugees through non-partisan voter education. Voice for Refuge will also promote the representation of refugees in government by supporting former refugees and pro-refugee candidates running for office.