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Good news for gay candidates last night all across the country:

In Salisbury, Maryland, voters elected the city’s first openly gay mayor Tuesday night.  Former city councilman Jim Ireton (pictured right), 39, won his race despite vile attacks from local bloggers.

In Jacksonville, Illinois, Victory Fund candidate Scott Hall won his election to the city council.  Hall said voters gave him a warm reception throughout the campaign.

Victory endorsee Robert Garcia won his race for a seat on the Long Beach, California, city council.  The 31 year-old first-time candidate is a dean at Long Beach City College.

Shane Cohn, a Victory-endorsed candidate who won the decisive primary in this race earlier, will become the first openly gay alderman in St. Louis, Missouri, after last night’s general election sealed his victory.

In Nebraska, Victory endorsee Barbara Baier advanced to the general election in her bid to retain her seat on the school board in Lincoln.  She is the state’s only openly LGBT elected official.

Margaret Paul was elected alderman in the City of Berwyn, Illinois.