James BullhornThe Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced its endorsement of James Cappleman, who last night advanced to a runoff election in his race for the Ward 46 seat on the Chicago City Council, representing the city’s Uptown neighborhood.

“I’m really grateful for the Victory Fund’s endorsement and for the confidence they’ve placed in our campaign.  We’re going to fight for every last resident of this Ward, so we’ll need all the help we can get,” Cappleman said.

The open council seat attracted a large field in the Democratic primary and multiple candidates who were openly gay.  Cappleman was the only out candidate to advance to the runoff.

“James has already established himself as a tireless public servant in Chicago and in his neighborhood.  He’s ready to lead on the city council, and we’re proud to endorse him,” said Chuck Wolfe, Victory Fund’s president and CEO.

A licensed social worker, Cappleman was the 2006 recipient of the the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award at the University of Chicago Medical Center for life-long work as an advocate.

The Victory Fund also announced it has endorsed Jeff Anderson for reelection to the Duluth, Minn., City Council, and Ryan Mello for a seat on the Takoma, Wash., City Council.