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Openly Gay Congressional Candidate Trevor Thomas Asks for Your Help

Openly Gay Congressional Candidate Trevor Thomas Asks for Your Help

by Karen Ocamb on March 29, 2012

Trevor Thomas being interviewed by his former boss Gov. Jennifer Grandholm

Last week I wrote about Trevor Thomas, who I’ve known and worked with for several years now, particularly during the work to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Trevor is a progressive Democrat running in Michigan, a red state where the old Jerry Ford moderate, Pro-Choice Republicans and independents are looking for someone who they can trust and work with. I think he is modeling the kind of leader we need in Congress right now. Below is some information about his candidacy for a blog swarm I’m participating in to help draw attention to his candidacy:

Trevor Thomas is running for Congress against a Tea-Party Republican in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he needs help.  Trevor, who is openly gay and helped repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ by working with the Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, is at a critical fundraising deadline in the next 24 hours.

Trevor’s up against a lot.  Both his opponents are self-funding millionaires.  Trevor is a member of the 99%, coming from a working class family — his mom and dad met on the factory lines of General Motors where they worked together for more than 30 years.  He filed in February to challenge freshmen U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, but now also has a Democratic primary opponent who doesn’t support a woman’s right to choose and called Trevor’s work on LGBT issues “extreme.”

This is the seat once held by President Jerry Ford.  Trevor’s message centers on the values of Jerry Ford – a man who believed in clean water, the Civil Rights Act, LGBT equality, and a woman’s right to make her own personal health care decisions. To this day, the district still leans red, which is why Trevor has already started reaching across the aisle even as he maintains solidly progressive stances. His inclusive slogan, “A Campaign For Us All,” was unveiled at a campaign kickoff where Trevor was introduced by longtime Republican and former Kent County GOP Party Chair Bob Eleveld.

After working as a reporter in the community, Trevor went on to work for Governor Jennifer Granholm, who has now endorsed him in the race.  Here’s Trevor’s interview on her Current TV show The War Room with Jennifer Granholm, which aired last Friday night.  If you want to help Trevor defeat two multi-millionaires, click here

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