Key to Ratings
OVERALL RATINGS (excluding Judicial Ratings) - Overall Ratings are
determined by the SEAMEC Steering Committee and are based on all pertinent
information available on each candidate, including but not limited to: the
interview panel's grades; press reports; and
background information supplied by the candidate and by informed sources.
Final SEAMEC Ratings are in BOLD.
||Seamec's endorsement of a candidate is
indicated by a rainbow flag (or an asterisk) as well as CAPITAL TYPE and
This is given when there is a clear choice of importance to voters on gay,
lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered issues.
||Vocal & active supporter of GLBT
rights. As an elected or appointed official, sponsored
bills, issued executive orders, gave speeches, etc. in support. If no
prior political record, has been active in GLBT rights
organizations and causes. A 5 rating requires a record of
||Votes for and is verbally
supportive of GLBT rights and interests. Has not taken a leadership stand
or been an activist in GLBT organizations and causes.
||Passively sympathetic or
supportive, may be an ineffective or passive supporter. Makes
minimum efforts in support of GLBT rights and interest.
||Indifferent, inconsistent or
unpredictable in reagard to GLBT issues.
||Usually against GLBT rights and issues
but is not outspoken.
||Actively outspoken opponent of GLBT
rights; known history of anti-gay activities.
||Insufficient information for rating.
||SEAMEC has considered but declines to
rate this candidate.
RATINGS FOR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES
These grades are based solely on the interview,
conducted by a panel of volunteers. The individuals on the
panels vary from interview to interview. An average of 5 panelists attend
each interview. The questions asked are the same for each candidate
interviewed. The panelists' grades for each of the five (5) subject areas
(listed below) covered in the interview are averaged to provide the letter
grades provided here.
- A - Excellent
- B - Good
- C - Fair
- D - Poor
- F - Failed
The letter grades are given in the format XXXXX, where each X stands for
the panel's average letter grade for the candidate in the following topic
areas (and in this order):
For all candidates:
- Equal Rights
- Youth & Schools
- Health & HIV/AIDS
For example, a letter grade of ACABA means that the candidate received:
A for Equal Rights,
C for Youth & Schools,
A for Family,
B for Health & HIV/AIDS,
A for Awareness.
WHEN AN INTERVIEW IS NOT HELD: explanations
||Declined to be interviewed
outright or did not respond to written invitation and phone calls.
||Declined to be interviewed in a
||Failed to appear for scheduled
||Unable to schedule interview