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The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund recently endorsed Ginny Deerin as a candidate for mayor of Charleston.

“Over the past 40 years, Ginny has repeatedly rolled up her sleeves to strengthen Charleston,” an endorsement on the Victory Fund website states. “No task is too small or too big to tackle when it comes to making Charleston greater. She has been intimately involved in some of the most significant economic development, arts, education, and emergency response efforts in Charleston’s recent history.”

Deerin, who is openly bisexual, is the founder of the nonprofit educational program WINGS for Kids and Project XX South Carolina, an initiative to elect and appoint women to political offices around the state. She previously worked on Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.’s first mayoral race in 1975 and served as the campaign manager of his 2011 re-election, and she is currently one of seven announced candidates to replace Riley when he steps down in November.

“We’re proud to have a broad and diverse base of support so early in our campaign — including from entrepreneur Karalee Nielsen Fallert, Republican and former State Rep. Jimmy Bailey, and the Victory Fund,” a spokesman for Deerin wrote in an email (While the mayoral election is nonpartisan, Deerin has previously run for office as a Democrat). “To address our city’s transportation and education challenges, our next mayor will need to bring people together who don’t always see eye to eye. From founding the after-school program WINGS for Kids to helping organize the citizen response operation after Hurricane Hugo, Ginny Deerin has always been able to bring Charlestonians together for the greater good.”

The Deerin campaign announced this week that it had also received an endorsement from Fallert, a restaurateur behind eateries including Taco Boy, The Royal American, and Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen who also co-founded the Green Heart Project, an urban gardening program in local schools.

“The energy and dynamism that Ginny Deerin brings to the race for mayor is inspiring — and I’m excited to vote for her in November,” Fallert said in a prepared statement. “Ginny’s nonprofit helps Charleston kids improve their test scores and succeed, and her work on Charleston Place gave new opportunities for small businesses. Her energy and ability to bring people together to tackle big problems will make Ginny a great mayor.”

Bailey, a commercial realtor and founder of the educational nonprofit organization YEScarolina, announced in April that he would serve as Deerin’s campaign chairman.

“Ginny is a working mom who spent the past 40 years helping make Charleston the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” Bailey said. “She has the management chops, skills, and energy to run the city.”