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Utah Democrats Elect First Openly Gay Party Chairman

Jim Dabakis has been elected to lead Utah’s Democratic Party. He’s the first openly gay state party chairman in Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Utah Democrats made history Saturday afternoon, electing Jim Dabakis as state party chairman by a wide margin. He is believed to be the state?s first openly gay major party leader.

In a much closer race, delegates at the Democratic State Convention elected small-business owner Brian Doughty, who is also openly gay, to fill the Salt Lake City House seat vacated by former Rep. Jackie Biskupski.

Dabakis, who is an art dealer and co-founder of both the Utah Pride Center and Equality Utah, said his election shows how fair-minded the people of Utah are.

?I visited all 29 counties during the last five months, and people were very interested in what kind of a job I would do and what my experience was,? Dabakis said. ?The whole gay thing just simply did not surface as an issue. People are broad-minded in Utah, and they want to know if you can do the job or not.?

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