Out Candidate Prevails, Anti-LGBTQ Candidates Rejected

Delegate-elect Cody Thompson


The 2018 midterm elections saw a number of victories for equality and have us at Fairness West Virginia feeling energized!

In the race for the 43rd Delegate District, out candidate Cody Thompson prevailed against vicious anti-gay attacks from anonymous sources, who spray painted “FAG” on a campaign sign and distributed a flyer calling him an “LGBTQUEER.”

In fact, Cody received the most votes in the four-candidate race.  

“The people of Randolph and Pocahontas counties showed not just West Virginia, but the world that hate has no home here,” he said.

Thompson said his top priorities will be improving West Virginia’s public education system, addressing health care issues and bringing 21st Century jobs to his district.

Thompson teaches civics and social studies at Elkins High School.

He’s the second openly gay person to ever be elected to the House. He will represent Randolph and Pocahontas counties.

“It’s heartening that voters overwhelmingly rejected the bigotry in this race and instead focused on the candidate’s qualifications and policy proposals,” said Andrew Schneider, Fairness West Virginia executive director.

In Kanawha County, voters defeated two anti-LGBTQ public officials: Senator Ed Gaunch, who was a sponsor of the License to Discriminate Bill of 2016 (also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act), and Dan Greear, who helped found the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.

Rich Lindsay, a friend of the LGBTQ community and Fairness West Virginia supporter, will replace Gaunch next year. Greear, who was appointed to Kanawha County Circuit Court in July, was soundly defeated by prosecutor Tera Salango.