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Florida voters elect first openly gay state legislator

Democrat David Richardson, a CPA from Miami Beach, has become Florida’s first openly gay state lawmaker.

MIAMI TIMES reports:

Until last night, Florida was the largest state in the union to have never elected an openly gay candidate to its state legislature. Yes, even Texans elected an openly gay representative all the way back in 1991.

That changed last night as voters in Florida 113th House district, which encompasses parts of Miami Beach and Miami, elected David Richardson, an openly gay CPA. Though, when all is said and done Richardson may not even be the only openly gay politician headed to Tallahassee next year.

Richardson beat Adam Kravitz, an attorney who founded Jewish online dating service JDate, Mark Weithorn, husband of Miami Beach Commissioner Dedee Weithorn, and Waldo Faura, Jr., an insurance adjuster in the Democratic primary. He received 33 percent of the vote, besting Weithorn who came in second with 26.5 percent.

Because no Republicans registered in the district, the primary was opened to all voters and the winner of the Democrat primary took the election. The district includes a large chunk of Miami Beach, including South Beach, as well as section of Little Havana and a swath of Downtown Miami that include the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat.

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