Candidate Forum

Want to know were candidates stand pertaining to LGBTQ issues? Join us for our annual candidate forum.

April 28, 2014 from 6pm-8pm at HMAC Stage on Herr 1110 N. 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA

Candidates who have completed and submitted the CRSD survey about important LGBTQ issues are invited to speak at the Candidate Forum.

Potential participants are the candidates, or candidate representatives, who have completed the survey.

These include the following:

Gubernatorial Race:
McCord, McGinty, Schwartz and Wolf

Lt. Governor Race:
Neuman, Koplinski and Stack

Legislature Races:
Sheeler (HD5), Colon (HD94), Kim (HD103), McEntee (HD105), Bartoli (HD199), Sanaquinito (HD), Schreiber (HD95) and Small (SD28)

CRSD endorse Linda Small, PA Senate, 28th District

Capital Region Stonewall Democrats members in good standing were surveyed and voted unanimously to endorse Linda Small for PA Senate in District 28, during the special election on March 18, 2014.

A questionnaire was submitted by Linda Small in 2012 and additional feedback was received, this month, regarding Small’s current position on LGBT issues. Small stated, “I will work to help bring about the full civil rights protections that all LGBT citizens deserve.”

Based on Small’s questionnaire and additional comments, Small met the criteria to earn an endorsement from Capital Region Stonewall Democrats.

The Executive Board, surveyed members in good standing from March 10th through March 13th and the results were unanimous to endorse Linda Small for PA Senate.

“We strive to endorse candidates that are qualified pro-LGBT and Linda Small meets those criteria” said, Christopher Dietz, President, Capital Region Stonewall Democrats.

Capital Region Stonewall Democrats hopes that our endorsement will encourage the community at large to vote for candidates who are committed to advancing equality for all.

Linda has a very strong chance at winning the PA Senate seat with the help from CRSD members. Anyone interested in volunteering your time, should contact Bob Kefauver at 717-586-7325

Volunteers are needed for the following (and remember, phone banking could be done from anywhere but if you can get there and walk, the lit drops are critical as well):
Saturday, Lit Drops 9:00 - 5 or 6:00, phones 10:00 a.m.-1:00 pm at the office (they have a parade going by the office starting at 1:00) or 10:00 -6:00 or remote from your location.
Sunday, Lit Drops 12:00 – 6:00, phones at the office or remote from your location 12:00 – 6:00.
Monday, phones 10:00 – 8:30.
Tuesday, phones 10:00 – 7:30.
The place to meet for Lit Drops is at the York Dems Office, 275 W. Market St., York, PA, before the scheduled time.

Special Election, March 18, 2014 in the 28th District

Linda Small is seeking CRSD endorsement for her PA Senate candidacy in the 28th district.

Linda did receive a CRSD endorsement back in 2012. To read Small’s 2012 CRSD Survey, Click Here.

Small’s position on LGBT related issues has not changed since her completion of the 2012 survey, but Small did send us the following note:

Thank you very much for considering endorsing me for the special election in the PA Senate 28th district.

I am raising funds for this campaign.  I would like your endorsement even if you are not able to contribute to the campaign, it is very important that voters know there is a candidate who supports full rights for the community.   It is also important for voters to learn of the March 18th special election date.  I am concerned that many will be effectively disenfranchised because of the unusual time.

My campaign committee is Small4PASenate, P.O. Box 1862, York, PA 17405.

The answers to the 2012 questionnaire issues are the same.  I am saddened that the issues remain, and I will work to help bring about the full civil rights protections that all LGBT citizens deserve.  It is time for HB 300 to pass, and it’s time for sexual orientation, gender discrimination and bullying protection for all students.  I will work to make Pennsylvania the next state to embrace marriage equality.

In the 2012 questionnaire, I had to waffle on attending events because of my electric car’s limited range.  I must apologize because I was unable to make your events due to arrangements falling through at the last minute.  I still have the electric car, so I still may have a problem attending an event.  If I am elected, I will have to get another car with greater range and I commit to attending your events.

I will be proud to advertise any endorsement, as I was proud to advertise it in 2012.

My website is

I appreciate your considering me on such short notice.

Linda Small


According to our bylaws, a vote of the active membership is required for endorsement. Membership will receive an email for voting today, March 10, 2014.


2014 Board Members

Thank you to our departing board members Steve Dorko, Kelly McEntee, and Ben Allatt for all of their hard work on behalf of advancing equality for all people in central PA.

Our new board members will continue on the advocacy path set forth by our previous board.

2014 board members elect:

Chair – Chris Dietz
Vice chair – Rachel Levin
Treasurer – John Campbell
Secretary – Karen Ramm
Development – Sara Newman
Membership – Eric Gutshall
Elections – Ethan Smith
Communications – Katie Somers
At large – Marvin Ingram
At large – Jan Davis
At large – Diane Bowman