Nine LGBT state legislative candidates won their primaries last night in California, setting it up to make history in November by electing the largest LGBT caucus ever.
“Congratulations to all of our legislative candidates in California who won their primaries last night,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. “Their victories in November will give LGBT Californians a powerful, authentic voice in the Capitol and send a message across the country that LGBT people can be leaders and succeed.”
California and Maryland both currently have eight openly LGBT state legislators. While this is Christine Kehoe’s last year in the California State Senate due to term limits, the election of Susan Eggman (State Assembly, District 13) and Luis Lopez (State Assembly, District 51) in November would make California’s LGBT Caucus the largest ever.
Also victorious in their California state legislative primaries last night were incumbents Tom Ammiano (State Assembly, District 17), Toni Atkins (State Assembly, District 78), Richard Gordon (State Assembly, District 24), Ricardo Lara (State Senate, District 33), Mark Leno (State Senate, District 11), John A. Pérez (State Assembly, District 53), and Cathleen Galgiani (pictured), who is currently in the State Assembly and running for State Senate, District 5.
Elsewhere in California, Steve Hansen advanced through his primary and is on track to become the first openly LGBT member of the Sacramento City Council. In San Diego, Todd Gloria won a decisive primary for a seat on the San Diego City Council and Dave Roberts will advance to the general election for a seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.