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SPLC Action Fund Congratulates Winners in Midterm Elections

ATLANTA - The SPLC Action Fund congratulates endorsed candidates who won their races in the 2022 midterm elections. Endorsed candidates, in local races across Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, share the organization’s commitment to dismantling white supremacy, strengthening racial justice and advancing human rights.

“We believe in supporting local candidates who share our priorities and whose decisions directly impact the lives of citizens in the Deep South states. We are thrilled that so many of them were successful in their races,” Brandon Jones, director of SPLC Action Fund Political Campaigns. “It is also incredibly noteworthy that several of these candidates made history in these elections, especially women of color, and that they won despite the numerous state-sponsored obstacles intended to dilute and weaken the voting power of voters of color.”

Winning Florida candidates include:

  • Marleine Bastien - Miami-Dade County Commission, District 2 
  • Maribel Gomez Cordero - Orange County Commission District 4
  • Viviana Janer – Osceola County Commission, District 2
  • Rod Velez - Broward County School Board, District 1 
  • Debbie Jordan - Lee County School Board, District 4
  • Heather Kahoun - Osceola County School Board, District 4
  • Kelley Davis - Seminole County School Board, District 2
  • Autumn Garick - Seminole County School Board, District
  • Guerdy Remy - Altamonte Springs City Commissioner, District 2

Successful candidates in Georgia include:

  • Ben Ku - Gwinnett County Commissioner, District 2
  • Makia Metzger - Cobb County Solicitor General
  • Becky Sayler - Cobb County School Board, District 2

Focused on communities of color, particularly in the Deep South, who face systemic oppression, poverty and structural racism, the SPLC Action Fund was launched with a focus on overcoming these injustices by reimagining the political, economic and social systems that sustain them. The Fund’s work focuses its work and resources on four key impact areas:

  • Decriminalizing and decarcerating Black and Brown people
  • Expanding voting rights and civic engagement among communities of color
  • Eliminating the root causes of poverty in the South
  • Dismantling white nationalism and protecting democracy

“While celebrating these candidates and their victories, we also acknowledge Tuesday’s results across the South and country show much work lies ahead. The SPLC Action Fund is committed to sparing no efforts to create a world where all people can thrive. We believe these newly elected officials will serve as strong partners to protect equal rights for all.” said Jones.