landfordEight Victory Fund-endorsed candidates faced the voters yesterday, with seven winning their races.

Dan Manning became the first openly gay candidate elected to the Fond Du Lac City Council in Wisconsin.  Manning, an Army veteran, helped start Knights Out, a group for openly LGBT graduates of the United States Military Academy.  He currently serves on the board of directors for Equality Wisconsin.

Rhonda Lanford (pictured), an out lesbian, was elected to become a judge on the Dane County Circuit Court in Wisconsin.  The experienced lawyer and adjunct law professor beat an incumbent who was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker.

Incumbents coasting to victory Tuesday night included: Alderman Shane Cohn of St. Louis, Mo.; Mayor Jim Ireton of Salisbury, Md.; Alderman Larry Palm of Madison, Wis.; Alderman Teege Metille of Appleton, Wis.; and Tom Peters of the University City, Mo., School Board.

Scott Criqui, who ran for a seat on the Lawrence, Kansas, City Commission, fell short in his effort.