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Rainbows in the voting booth

LGBT election round-up


Forty years ago, Harvey Milk became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in 1977, when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Tragically, he was killed the following year. Four decades later, LGBT political candidates are all over the map of the United States.

The mid-term Nov. 7, 2017 General Elections nationwide ushered in even more gay candidates.

Locally, Harrisburg’s Ben Allatt was elected to a second term on Harrisburg City Council. Former Harrisburg City Council member Dan Miller was formally installed a treasurer after being appointed to fill the vacated seat.

Nationwide, LPAC, a national lesbian political action committee that supports candidates, saw many of their candidates elected.

Phil Murphy, for Governor of New Jersey: The former Ambassador to Germany, Murphy is committed to restoring New Jersey’s place as a state that stands for progressive values and is a strong champion of women’s and LGBTQ equality

Danica Roem, VA House of Delegates, District 13: A journalist and news reporter who was born and raised in Manassas, Roem is the first transgender elected official in Virginia.

Elizabeth Guzman, VA House of Delegates, District 31: A public administrator and a social worker, Guzman is an immigrant from Peru who came to the US as a single mother looking for a better future for her oldest daughter. Her top priorities include affordable healthcare, protecting equality for women and the LGBT community, and transportation issues.

Jennifer Carroll Foy, VA House of Delegates, District 2: Foy is a woman of color who graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. She enrolled in only the third class of female cadets to attend the historically all-male college.

Kelly Fowler, VA House of Delegates, District 21: Fowler is running against an anti-choice opponent with a long history of also opposing LGBTQ and immigration rights. Her top priorities include increased funding for public schools, sensible gun policy, and strong protections against anti-LGBTQ discrimination in schools and by employers.

Dr. Dawn Adams, VA House of Delegates, District 68: Dr. Adams is a nurse practitioner and has a doctorate degree in nursing. She has worked with the Virginia General Assembly as an advocate and advisor on healthcare. She is openly gay and lives with her partner of 15 years.

Donte Tanner, VA House of Delegates, District 40: Tanner is an Air Force veteran and small business owner. Tanner’s top priorities are increasing access to healthcare, protecting a woman’s right to choose and make her own healthcare choices, and ending gerrymandering.

More election results include:

Sean Strub was elected mayor of Milford, PA, after being appointed to serve an unexpired term.

Erie School board Candidate Tyler Titus is now the first openly transgender person elected to office in Pennsylvania.

Minneapolis city council member Andrea Jenkins was elected the first black transgender lawmaker elected in the U.S.