Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Florida First

Miami Beach has elected Florida’s first openly gay state legislator.

David Richardson, a Democrat and CPA from Miami Beach, narrowly defeated three opponents for the District 113 seat and, with no November opponent, will become the state’s first openly gay member of the Legislature. The primary also signaled the end of campaign season for three other newcomers — Republican Manny Diaz and Democrats Kionne McGhee of Miami and Sharon Pritchett Miami Gardens — as well as seven incumbents to the state House, each of whom faces only write-in candidates in November.

And as Steve Rothaus notes, he may be joined by some others in November; two other openly gay candidates are on the ballot in the state.