Democrat David Richardson has made history by becoming Florida’s first openly gay state representative.
The forensic accountant from Miami Beach beat three opponents in the US state primary which was open to voters from all parties, reported the Bradenton Herald.
Florida Together, a statewide gay rights coalition, congratulated Richardson on winning yesterday’s (14 August) election.
‘For the first time in the history of our state, we have an openly gay State House Representative,’ said executive director Michael Kenny.
‘David Richardson will not only be representing the residents of State House District 113 in Miami Dade County, he will be the voice for all of Florida’s LGBT residents.’
He added: ‘Before you can participate in the conversation, change hearts and minds and impact policy, you must first have a seat at the table. Until today, LGBT Floridians were shouting from the spectators section. Now, with David Richardson’s victory, we are on the playing field.’
Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith said Richardson ‘represents the rich, diversity that makes Florida great’.
He added: ‘He has the real world experience to help businesses create jobs, grow our economy and get this state working for the people again.
‘From day one he’ll be a voice for Florida’s middle class families and a strong advocate against the extreme Tea Party agenda of Rick Scott and the Republicans.’