Activist Candace Gingrich announced her endorsement of Elizabeth Warren for President at a Chicago LGBTQ and allies Come Out for Warren happy hour Feb. 13 at Sidetrack.
Ahead of the event, Gingrich told Windy City Times that they "are supporting Elizabeth Warren for president because, in every plan that she has put out, I have seen myself and other members of the LGBTQ community. I have also seen people that other candidates do not have time for. I believe in an America where there is a president for all Americans and works for them and that person is Elizabeth Warren.
"This will be my first time voting in a presidential election as an Illinoisan and I am pretty excited to be voting for Elizabeth Warren. Being here at Sidetrack is historical because it has been a gathering place for not just movers and shakers but everyday people who do all the work to get the good stuff done like everyone here tonight who are going to make sure Elizabeth Warren wins."
Sidetrack performer and event emcee Dixie Lynn Cartwright greeted the over 100 attendees and said she was "all in for Warren from the jump."
Among the other speakers were state Rep. Kelly Cassidy ( 14th District ) who also introduced Gingrich, Ald. Maria Hadden ( 49th Ward ), Second Congressional District Delegate AndrÃ© Washington, Illinois for Warren Field Organizer David Guirgis and Warren for Illinois volunteers Justin Broom, Joey Grant and Ryan Hays.
The overriding reasons the speakers gave for their Warren endorsement included, but were not limited to, her comprehensive LGBTQ plan that centers the most marginalized in that community, her lens on racial inequality and intersectionality, housing and education plans, student loan forgiveness and economic justice plan.
The Illinois for Warren Campaign and Chicago for Warren/Chicago Pride for Warren co-hosted the event.