Beth Weisser, Openly Humanist Candidate Running for Arizona State House, Loses Race November 8, 2016

Beth Weisser, Openly Humanist Candidate Running for Arizona State House, Loses Race

Beth Weisser, a self-described “freethinker and Humanist” running for the Arizona State House in District 5, has lost her race.

Beth and Mikel Weisser
Beth and Mikel Weisser


Weisser ran for the same position in 2014 and lost.

This is Weisser’s biography, as offered by the Freethought Equality Fund, which endorsed her earlier this year:

Beth Weisser is seeking election to Arizona’s State House in the 5th Legislative District. She identifies as a freethinker and humanist who is working “for a world where we can all be open and authentic about our identities and we can celebrate the variety of our beliefs,” and to make sure “religion is not abused as a way to discriminate against people and that our government remains secular.” She attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as a delegate for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Weisser was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 30.

This was a red district where Democrats had little chance of breaking through, but if you’re looking for a silver lining, this was an atheist candidate who lost for reasons that likely didn’t involve her atheism.

(Portions of this article were published earlier)

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