Last night, Portland elected Sam Adams its mayor, making him the nation’s first openly gay mayor of a top 30 U.S. city. After finishing last night’s election with 58 percent of the vote, Adams was automatically declared the winner, avoiding having to go to the general election. Also, Kate Brown won her Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state, proceeding to the general election in November.
“In Oregon, fairness has won the day. These victories mean that people who are openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender can also be seen as capable, committed leaders whose sexual orientation or gender identity is less important than what they plan to do for their communities. That’s a step toward full equality that we want to replicate across America,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.
Adams defeated 12 other candidates in the election, most notably local businessman Sho Dozono.
Adams, 44, won by stressing specifics: He promised to work with school leaders to cut the dropout rate, make Portland a leader in environmentally friendly businesses and use the Portland Streetcar and better planning to spur urban renewal.
In a speech at the Jupiter Hotel, the mayor-elect sounded ready to get to work.
“I will work hard with all of you, and believe me you’re going to be working hard as well,” he told a crowd that included his mother, grandmother and two sisters. “Together we can make Portland cleaner, greener, more sustainable, smarter, more equal, better educated.
“We’ve done it before, and we will do it again.”
Watch Adams’ victory speech below:
|Sam Adams victory speech|
Also in Oregon, State Senator Kate Brown won a decisive victory in her Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state. She faces a political novice in the general election. If elected, Brown would become the nation’s highest ranking openly bisexual elected official.
In addition, Victory Fund-endorsed candidates in Arkansas advanced in their elections. Alice Lightle and Gary Sullivan both gained enough votes to proceed to run-offs.