Delaware Stonewall Wants Your Input!

Delaware Stonewall PAC held its 18th annual “Summer Funder” at Shrimpy’s Bar and Grill in Rehoboth on August 13, 2022.  A political action committee whose mission is to help elect candidates who support equality, fairness, and opportunity for all, Delaware Stonewall PAC honored local pioneers and announced the endorsement of candidates for the 2022 election cycle.

The event was attended by over 130 residents from Kent, Sussex, and New Castle counties and featured a keynote by State Senator Marie Pinkney.  Awards to civil and human rights pioneers were presented to Murray Archibald, co-founder of CAMP Rehoboth, C. Dixon Osburn, who co-founded the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) which fought to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Charlotte King, founder of Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ).   “I was delighted to see the terrific turnout, which I think is a reflection of how critical your mission of promoting acceptance and equality is during this unsettled time in our nation’s history. Keep up the great work! I am proud to stand should-to-shoulder with you – not just as an ally, but as an advocate!” said Trey Paradee, Delaware State Senate, 17th District.

Many state elected officials were present, including presenters Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall Long, and State Treasurer, Colleen Davis.  “Your endorsement means so much to me and I am proudly announcing it to our voters! It truly is a badge of honor to have received your seal of approval. I look forward to a continued partnership. I am committed to using my platform to advocate for our LGBTQ+ communities,” said Davis, State Treasurer.

Endorsement from Delaware Stonewall is based on a candidate’s history of voting for issues that align with their mission statement, who have demonstrated a commitment to support their mission, and/or have responded positively to the candidate survey.  The PAC’s Vice President, Tara Sheldon, stated “We take these commitments seriously, and believe the candidates we endorse will, when elected, work towards the goals we have set out for protecting the lives of LGBTQ+ citizens of all ages.”  Cyndie Romer, endorsed for RD 25, stated “Thank you so much for the endorsement and financial support. I do not take these endorsements lightly and will aggressively fight for the LGBTQ+ community,”

Delaware Stonewall PAC endorses the following candidates for the Primaries, September 13th:

State Auditor Lydia York
New Castle County District 1 Brandon Toole
SD 6 Russ Huxtable
SD 14 Kyra Hoffner
RD 1 Shane’ Darby
RD 6 Becca Cotto
RD 13 DeShanna Neal
RD 18 Sophie Phillips
RD 25 Cyndie Romer
RD 26 Madinah Wilson-Anton
RD 27 Eric Morrison
RD 32 Kerri Evelyn Harris

General Election Endorsements (to be updated following the Primaries):

Congress Lisa Blunt Rochester
Delaware State Treasurer Colleen C Davis
Kent County Sheriff Brian E. Lewis
SD 1 Sarah McBride
SD 13 Marie Pinkney
RD 23 Paul Baumbach
SD 5 Kyle Evans Gay
SD 7 Spiros Mantzavinos
SD 8 David P. Sokola
SD 11 Bryan Townsend
SD 17 Trey Paradee
RD 4 Keegan Worley
RD 9 Terrell A. Williams
RD 20 Stell Parker Selby
RD 21 Frank Burns
RD 39 Susan Clifford


Dwayne Bensing, the organization’s President, stated “We were very encouraged so many candidates sought our endorsement and committed to serving our broad, intersectional, community. We look forward to announcing further endorsements after the Primary and working with these candidates and other elected allies to pass inclusive, pro-LGBTQ+ equality legislation.”

Candidates who wish to be considered for Stonewall endorsement are invited to complete the Candidate Survey.  Further information about Delaware Stonewall PAC and current list of the candidates can be found at

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2022 Delaware Stonewall Survey.

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