For Immediate Release: Jim Toy Community Center's First Municipal Questionnaire Results

Tuesday, July 29, 2014



Ann Arbor, Michigan


Today, the Jim Toy Community Center, a 501 c(3)  non-profit advocacy resource for LGBTQA residents of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and greater Washtenaw county is announcing the results of its first municipal candidate questionnaire for the 2014 primary elections.


Drafted by members of the Jim Toy Community Center Public Policy committee, the questionnaire was designed to gauge and elicit candidates’ commitments to LGBTQ issues and equality. Every candidate filed with the Washtenaw County Clerk's office was delivered a questionnaire, paired with instructions and disclosure information.


The survey asked candidates to describe their level of personal involvement with the LGBT community

and also included statements where candidates could agree or disagree. The topic areas included same-sex marriage, domestic health benefits, and same-sex adoption. Candidates were able to provide an open-ended response to each question or statement.


Candidates’ responses were then coded and rated on a five point scale, which is as follows: 1) Shows no support for LGBT equality, 2) Shows some, but limited understanding and support for LGBT equality, 3) Shows moderate support and understanding of LGBT equality and issues, 4) Shows full support for LGBT equality and understanding of issues, and 5) Shows full support for LGBT equality, understands the community's issues, and has strived to be an advocate/ally in all facets of life.


We received responses from 25 candidates, whose ratings are indicated below. Please be advised that as a 501c(3) nonprofit, the Jim Toy Community Center does not give out endorsements. Rather, we created a ratings system to show our community which elected officials, and candidates running for office, are supportive of issues important to the LGBT community.


 Candidate Office Rating
Veronique Liem Washtenaw County Circuit Court 5
Jane Bassett Washtenaw County Probate Judge 5
Constance Jones Washtenaw County Probate Judge 5
Tracy Van den Bergh Washtenaw County Probate Judge 5
Kent Martinez-Krantz Washtenaw County Commission (District 1) 4
Felicia Brabec Washtenaw County Commission (District 4) 5
Victor Dobrin Washtenaw County Commission (District 5) 4.5
Wilma Gold-Jones Washtenaw County Commission (District 5) 5
Ruth Ann Jamnick Washtenaw County Commission (District 5) 4.5
Andrew LaBarre Washtenaw County Commission (District 7) 5
Jeffrey Gallatin Washtenaw County Commission (District 8) 2
Yousef Rabhi Washtenaw County Commission (District 8) 5
Conan Smith Washtenaw County Commission (District 9) 5
Amanda Edmonds Ypsilanti Mayor 5
Peter Murdock Ypsilanti Mayor 5
Brian Robb Ypsilanti City Council (Ward 3) 5
Christopher Taylor Ann Arbor Mayor 5
Sabra Briere Ann Arbor Mayor 5
Sally Hart Petersen Ann Arbor Mayor 5
Sumi Kaliasapathy Ann Arbor City Council (Ward 1) 4.5
Kirk Westphal Ann Arbor City Council (Ward 2) 5
Nancy Kaplan Ann Arbor City Council (Ward 2) 4.5
Julie Grand Ann Arbor City Council (Ward 3) 5
Samuel McMullen Ann Arbor City Council (Ward 3) 3
Chuck Warpehoski Ann Arbor City Council (Ward 5) 4

About the Jim Toy Community Center:


Purpose: The Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC) is a resource for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied residents of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and greater Washtenaw County.


Vision: We envision an inclusive community where people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity are visible and live together in equality, respect and happiness.


Mission: The Jim Toy Community Center is a resource center that exists to provide information, education, social events, and advocacy by and for the Queer and Ally community in the Washtenaw County area. JTCC welcomes all who support its mission to participate in its activities.



Press Contact Information:

Jason Morgan, Co-Chair, Jim Toy Community Center •


Jim Toy Community Center Contact Information:

319 Braun Court • Ann Arbor, MI 48104 • 734.995.9867 • Contact Us

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