By Lisa Keene, Keen News Service
Providence, Rhode Island’s openly gay mayor, David Cicilline, won his bid to represent the 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House.The win will make him the fourth openly gay member of the Congress. With all precincts counted, Cicilline had secured 50.6 percent of the vote, compared to Republican John Loughlin’s 44.5 percent, and 4.9 percent for two other candidates.
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank won re-election to a 16th term as Massachusetts Congressman from the 4th District. Frank won against an aggressive Republican challenger, Sean Bielat, who had a surge of out-of-state funding in the final days of the campaign to fuel a flood of campaign literature and robo-calls.While Frank’s re-election was considered predictable, the margin of victory represents a significant drop in support for Frank. Frank garnered only 54 percent of the vote Tuesday, dropping well below his previous lowest re-election take of 68 percent in 2008. The returns almost guarantee an even tougher re-match against Bielat in 2012.
There were numerous other losses for the LGBT community to mourn in Tuesday’s results. U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Penn.), who led the charge to gain passage of a measure to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), lost his seat to Republican challenger Michael Fitzpatrick, who was endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans.
By The Sun Sentinel
Broward County Commission got its only Republican Tuesday night, when voters ousted Democrat Ken Keechl in favor of Chip LaMarca.
LaMarca, former head of Broward’s Republican Party, will be the only one of the nine on the County Commission who is not a Democrat.
Keechl, a 48-year-old northeast Fort Lauderdale resident and lawyer, had won the seat four years ago from a Republican, Jim Scott. The District 4 seat covers coastal Broward.
Trying to retain his seat, Keechl amassed an enormous campaign fund, taking in about $590,000 from residents, lobbyists and people who do business with the county.