A frequent critic of the city Human Rights Commission for its support of the gay community and other groups has applied for a seat on the board. He says all people should be protected against bias.
Aaron Rochester is one of 11 people seeking three open positions on the 11-member panel, which is appointed by the City Council. The council is scheduled to interview candidates Monday.
The commission, created in 1963, works to prevent bias based on race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other protected classes in the community.
Rochester said he wants to serve on the board to make sure all types of people are being protected from bias, not certain groups. He said members have been too selective, overlooking religious bias.