As voters hit the polls for early voting, a North Carolina statewide civil rights organization and a national one too share their endorsements for the General Election for 2019.

Equality North Carolina has provided picks across 12 key contest arenas, showcasing mayoral, city council, alderman and other municipal races. They are:

Endorsed mayoral candidates from across North Carolina are: (left to right) Lydia Lavelle, Pam Hemminger, SteveSchewel and Jenn Weaver. (Photo Credit: Personal Facebook Pages)

Mayor — Lydia Lavelle
Alderman — Steve Friedman,
Susan Romaine and Damon Seils

Chapel Hill:
Mayor — Pam Hemminger
Town Council At-Large — Sue Hunter, Michael Parker, Amy Ryan and Renuka Soll

City Council — District 1, Larken Egleston; District 5, Matt Newton; At-Large, Julie Eiselt and Braxton Winston

Town Commissioners — Jane Campbell and Jim Fuller

Mayor — Steve Schewel
City Council, At Large — Javiera Caballero, Jillian Johnson and Charlie Reece

City Council, District 2 — John Landrine
(Despite a Pitt County Board of Elections ruling that showed that he actually lived in District 1, he has chosen to continue his District 2 bid and has not withdrawn from the race.)

High Point:
City Council, At Large — Joshua “Fox” Brown
(write-in candidate)

Mayor — Jenn Weaver
Town Board — Mark Bell and Matt Hughes

Town Commissioner — Lance Munger

Town Council, District 1 — Ann Robotti

City Council — Ladale Benson, Al Heggins and Tamara Sheffield

Town Council — Kimberly Spader

LGBTQ Community Member Candidates:(pictured) Jane Campbell, Matt Hughes and Damon Seils. Not pictured, Lydia Lavelle

Candidates who are members of the LGBTQ community are:
Jane Campbell, a retired Navy captain
Matt Hughes
Lydia Lavelle, elected as the first openly lesbian mayor in North Carolina
Damon Seils, has served as one of Gov. Roy Cooper’s appointees on the North Carolina Human Relations Commission
Tamara Sheffield, going for her second term on the Salisbury City Council

Endorsements by The Victory Fund are:
Jane Campbell, Matt Hughes, Lydia Lavelle and Damon Seils
Jonathan Melton, Raleigh City Council, At-Large (has already won his race and will be one of the first of two openly LGBTQ councilmembers, the other being Saige Martin, who captured the District D seat, will also be the youngest for Raleigh’s council/is one of the co-founders of Stonewall Sports)

As of press time, endorsements were not available from MeckPAC and the Human Rights Campaign.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.