Gay North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 17th District.

Councilman Galvin is a North Miami native who was first elected to its town council in 1999, and has been re-elected in 2003 and again in 2007 without opposition.

In a press release, Galvin stated “I know I can continue the tradition of public service and leadership we deserve in Washington.”

Galvin has been a two-term president of the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce, as well as the North Miami Jaycees.

Councilman Galvin also sits on the international Board of Directors for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the nation’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care.

He graduated from North Miami Senior High in 1986, and in 2003, established the non-profit “Pioneer Pride Fund” to benefit school programs. His efforts were acknowledged in 2004 when Galvin was elected to the school’s “Golden Pioneer” hall-of-fame.

Professionally, Galvin serves as the Vice President of Education for Junior Achievement of Greater Miami. He recruits and trains corporate volunteers to bring lessons of finance and community to children across Miami-Dade County. With a degree in education, he also served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek from 1993-1999.

The seat is currently held by Kendrick Meek, now running for U.S. Senate. One other candidate would also be elected as a ‘first’- Marleine Bastien, running as a Haitian-American for the same seat. The district is the home of the highest Haitian American concentration in the nation. According to gay blogger Ron Gunzburger at the nationally recognized Politics1 blogsite, there is a crowded field of almost a dozen candidates for the well sought after seat.