Press Release: LGBT Community Leaders Endorse Susan Wild for Congress


Candida Affa, Adrian Shanker, and Amy Zanelli endorse Wild in the 7th Congressional District

Allentown, Pa. (Mar. 26, 2018) — LGBT community leaders in the 7th congressional district have endorsed Susan Wild for Congress. Endorsements include Adrian Shanker, a Democratic State Committee Member for Northampton County and Chair of the LGBT Caucus of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, as well as the Lehigh Valley's two LGBT-elected officials, Allentown City Council Woman Candida Affa and Lehigh County Commissioner Amy Zanelli. 

“In this era of increased hatred and violence that we’ve seen since Donald Trump took office, it’s imperative that the 7th Congressional District is represented by a candidate who believes that LGBT people deserve equal treatment under the law. I am fully confident that Susan Wild will be that representative." said Shanker, "I’ve known Susan for more than a decade, and she is an intelligent, proven leader who will approach policy making from a fair-minded perspective. Susan believes in LGBT equality and will fight for fairness at every turn. I look forward to having her as my representative in Congress.”

Shanker’s endorsement comes just a month after Lehigh County Commissioner Amy Zanelli and Allentown Council Vice President Candida Affa — the only out LGBT elected officials in the Lehigh Valley — also threw their support toward Wild. 

“I think Susan Wild is the strongest candidate to win in November, so I am putting my support behind her now,” said Zanelli. “Susan is exactly the type of leader we need representing us in Washington — she will stand up for the right values and always put the needs of her constituents first. She’s smart, she’s tough, and she’s the Democrat we need in a year when the stakes couldn’t be higher.”

Said Affa: “Susan Wild is conscientious, hardworking, and experienced — and I’m thrilled to endorse her campaign for Congress. As City Solicitor, her litigation expertise and integrity not only earned the respect of the Council, but also saved the city a lot of money. I can’t wait to call her ‘congresswoman’.”

Other recent endorsements for Wild’s congressional campaign include: EMILY's List, former Lehigh County commissioner and mayor of Coplay, Bill Leiner; former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Joe Khan, Lehigh County-based state Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg; several current and former Allentown City Council members; Lehigh County Commissioner Geoff Brace, Allentown City School District At-Large Representative Sara Jane Brace, and former County Executive Tom Muller.


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