His name may ring a bell to many in the LGBT community because he was on the frontlines in the battle to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Trevor Thomas, friend of the Blend, has announced that he will run to represent the 3rd Congressional District in Michigan. The web site is: www.TrevorforCongress.com
When Trevor was Communications Director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, I had the pleasure of working with him during the DADT battle. He is a whip-smart, effective, and detail-oriented professional who embraced blogging and new media as essential parts of the process of getting things done.
Since I’ve come to know Trevor personally, he’s simply one of the nicest, most sincere folks I’ve dealt with in what is a toxic Beltway political environment. We need more people like Trevor, who is a Michigan native, willing to serve and give voice to constituents — and to be able to do so as an out gay man means so much to the overall movement for equality. From his web site:
“It’s time for us to return to the values of Jerry Ford, who put politics aside to do what was best for our country,” Thomas said of his decision to run. “My parents’ generation helped put the world on wheels and furniture in our living rooms. Now it is our time to stand up and fight for Michigan families to ensure they get a fair shake.”
“It used to be that if people worked hard and played by the rules, they wouldn’t have to worry about things like job security, health care, or putting their kids through school,” Thomas said. “That’s no longer the case—and lawmakers in Washington have been too busy playing politics to do what’s best for the American people.”
My bud Joe Sudbay said this over at Americablog about the incumbent Trevor is challenging:
Justin Amash, the 31 year old incumbent Republican, is beloved by the Tea Party. His goal is to be the next Ron Paul. Seriously. That’s his goal. It’s all about Justin Amash, not his constituents.