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2018-05-27 11:14:07

 

The Democrats are going to have a huge field of LGBT candidates nationwide this election

It was an excellent night for the LGBT community and candidates in Democratic primaries across the country Tuesday night.

Texas Democrats nominated Lupe Valdez, putting her on the path to possibly becoming the nation’s first openly lesbian governor and the first openly LGBT person of color to hold statewide office.

Also, Gina Ortiz Jones and Eric Holguin, if elected, will become the first openly LGBT Asian American woman and Latinx in Congress, respectively.

Here’s a roundup of some of the successful LGBT candidates so far this primary season.

TEXASLupe Valdez: Lupe Valdez became the first openly lesbian gubernatorial nominee of any major party. If elected, she would also be the first openly LGBT person of color to serve as governor and the first Latinx to serve as governor of Texas.

Gina Ortiz Jones (TX–23): If elected, Ortiz Jones would be Congress’ first openly LGBT woman of color and first openly LGBT Asian American woman.

Eric Holguin (TX–27): If elected, Holguin would become Congress’ first openly LGBT Latinx congressman and the first openly gay Latinx man in Congress.

Lorie Burch (TX–3): If elected, Burch would be among the first LGBT congresswomen from Texas.

ARKANSASTippi McCullough (HD–33): Facing no Republican opposition in November, McCullough will become the only openly LGBT person in the Arkansas state legislature. McCullough’s win comes 5 years after she was forced to resign her teaching job because she was LGBT.

GEORGIAMatthew Wilson (HD–58): If elected, Wilson will join numerous openly LGBT officials pushing back on Georgia Republicans’ anti-LGBT legislative agenda. Georgia’s LGBT caucus is among the most diverse LGBT caucuses in the nation, including:

Park Cannon (HD–58): first openly queer woman of color elected in Georgia Sam Park (HD–101): first openly gay Asian American elected in Georgia and first openly gay man elected to the state legislature Renitta Shannon (HD–84): first openly bisexual woman of color to serve in Georgia. Karla Drennan (HD-): first openly lesbian member of the Georgia House of Representatives

INDIANAJ.D. Ford (SD–29): If elected, Ford will become the first out member of the Indiana state Senate.

Indiana Democrats have also nominated 3 candidates for the Indiana state House, who would all make history together as the first openly LGBT members of the body:

Thomasina Marsili (HD–46) Joe Lannan (HD–63) Sarah Stivers (HD–70)

ILLINOISLamont Robinson (HD–05): If elected, Robinson will become the first openly gay African-American state legislator in Illinois history.

Maggie Trevor (HD–54): If elected, Trevor will become the 2nd openly LGBT woman in the Illinois General Assembly, joining Kelly Cassidy.

OHIORick Neal (OH–15): If elected, Neal will become the first openly LGBT person elected to Congress from Ohio. Neal will be challenging NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers.

Nickie Antonio (SD–23): Antonio became the first openly LGBT candidate elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2010. If elected, she will also become the first openly LGBT person elected to the Ohio state Senate.

PENNSYLVANIAMalcolm Kenyatta (HD–181): Kenyatta overcame an overtly bigoted smear campaign and if elected, will become the Pennsylvania House’s first openly LGBT person of color. Kenyatta also served a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention hosted by the DNC.

Kristen Seale (HD–168): Seale is the first openly queer Democratic nominee in Pennsylvania. If elected, she will be the first openly LGBT woman in the Pennsylvania state House.

Daniel Smith Jr. (HD–12): Smith is challenging Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, one of the most anti-LGBT state legislators in Pennsylvania, who sued to prevent a gay couple from marrying, introduced legislation banning same-sex marriage and said openly gay Rep. Brian Sims was a “lying homosexual” and “in open rebellion against God.”

OREGONJamie McLeod-Skinner (OR–02): McLeod-Skinner was the first out lesbian elected to the Santa Clara City Council and will be taking on Congressman Greg Walden, former chair of the NRCC. If elected, McLeod Skinner would become the first openly LGBT person elected to Congress from Oregon.

NORTH CAROLINA North Carolina Democrats have nominated a candidate in every single legislative district this year, including more LGBT people than ever, including:

Brandon Anderson (SD–45) Cecil Brockman (HD–60) Deb Butler (HD–18) Linda Bennett (HD–26) Allison Dahle (HD–11) Marcia Morgan (HD–19) Dan Whitten (HD–15)


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