Why Elections Matter

Except for an upcoming special race to fill a congressional vacancy in Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn, there will be no general election in New York City in 2015.

But ever mindful of the presidential contest in 2016, we are already hearing about Ready for Hillary parties and early maneuverings from Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, all Democrats. We’ve also seen soundings out of a long list of Republicans — Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham… the list goes on and on.

No elected official is perfect, and even with all the progress the LGBT community has made under the Obama administration, it might be easy to find areas in which the last eight years have fallen short of the “hope and change” promise of 2008. Anyone inclined to dismiss the critical difference a Democratic administration in Washington has made in our lives, however, should contemplate this release from Attorney General Eric Holder:

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