LGBTQ South Florida

SAVE Action PAC endorses Levine, Diffenderfer, Arriola, Aleman in Miami Beach election

SAVE Action PAC’s 2015 Miami Beach endorsements. The LGBT-rights group endorsed Mayor Philip Levine for reelection; Scott Diffenderfer for Commission Group 4; Ricky Arriola for Commission Group 5; and John Elizabeth Aleman for Commission Group 6.
SAVE Action PAC’s 2015 Miami Beach endorsements. The LGBT-rights group endorsed Mayor Philip Levine for reelection; Scott Diffenderfer for Commission Group 4; Ricky Arriola for Commission Group 5; and John Elizabeth Aleman for Commission Group 6.

SAVE Action Pac on Monday announced four endorsements in the upcoming Miami Beach city election: Philip Levine for reelection as Beach mayor; Scott Diffenderfer for Commission Group 4; Ricky Arriola for Commission Group 5; John Elizabeth Alemán for Commission Group 6.

Levine, a first-term mayor, faces challenger David Wieder in the Nov. 3 election. Levine is CEO of Royal Media Partners, an exclusive partner of Royal Caribbean Cruises; Wieder, an attorney, is chairman of the city’s Historic Preservation Board.

Incumbent commissioners Jonah Wolfson (Group 4), Edward Tobin (Group 5) and Deede Weithorn (Group 6) are term limited and cannot run.

Six residents have qualified to succeed Wolfson: Diffenderfer, Michael DeFilippi, Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, Isaiah Mosley, Jonathan Parker and Elizabeth “Betsy” Pérez.

Arriola faces Weithorn’s husband, Mark, in the race to succeed Tobin.

Alemán is running against Mark Samuelian to succeed Weithorn.

Here’s the complete SAVE Action PAC news release:

Looking to build on the recent momentum for LGBTQ equality locally and nationally over the past year, SAVE Action PAC, the electoral arm of leading South Florida LGBT advocacy group SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, formerly SAVE Dade) announced today its endorsements in the November 3 elections for Miami Beach Mayor and Commission.

“Each of these candidates was hand-picked by a panel of community members and allies and has a proven record in support of equality for all,” said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “Support for LGBTQ equality is a winning position, and I’m confident that by standing together with these great leaders we can score another victory for Miami Beach on November 3rd.”

SAVE Action PAC’s endorsements in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Miami Beach municipal elections are as follows:

▪ Philip Levine for re-election as Mayor of Miami Beach

▪ Scott Diffenderfer for Miami Beach Commission Group 4

▪ Ricky Arriola for Miami Beach Commission Group 5

▪ John Elizabeth Aleman for Miami Beach Commission Group 6

“I am honored to have the support of SAVE,” said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who is running for re-election. “I made equality for the LGBTQ community on the Beach one of the top priorities during my first term as Mayor not only because it was the right thing to do, but because I knew it would pay tremendous returns for our reputation, our economy, and our quality of life. I’m proud to have helped secure for Miami Beach the highest rating ever recorded on the Human Rights Campaign’s equality index,” he told SAVE, “and I’m excited to work to cement that legacy during my next term.”

The announcement of the endorsements is SAVE’s latest move as part of its #TeamEquality initiative to increase enthusiasm among the community at large for electing candidates and passing policies that are pro-equality. A graphical version of SAVE Action PAC’s Miami Beach slate is available for download and printing at: save.lgbt/mb2015.

About SAVE: SAVE’s mission is to promote, protect and defend equality for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Established in 1993, SAVE accomplishes this mission through education initiatives, outreach, grassroots organizing, and advocacy. Starting with the landmark passage of Miami’s Human Rights Ordinance in 1998 to recent enactments of domestic partner benefit policies, SAVE continues to lead the fight for LGBT equality through grassroots action focused on civil rights, parental rights, and relationship recognition through political advocacy, community outreach, and candidate endorsements.

Steve Rothaus: 305-376-3770, @SteveRothaus

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