Multiple gay and lesbian candidates in Florida advanced to the general election after last week’s primary elections.

State Representative David Richardson led the way, claiming victory in district 113, a Miami-Dade district. Richardson defeated Rey Valdes in the Democratic primary, collecting 4,264 votes (77 percent) to 1,272 (23 percent). Richardson, a two-term representative and Democratic floor leader in the House, moves on to face Republican Jonathan H. Parker in November’s general election.

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In Broward County, Ken Keechl defeated Doug Oberman in the Democratic primary for state representative in district 93. Keechl, a Wilton Manors attorney, collected 6,791 votes (71 percent) to Oberman’s 2,735 (29 percent). Keechl moves on to face sitting Representative George Moraitis, a Republican, in the general election.

In district 92, Paulette Armstead, a black lesbian, lost her first bid for elected office. Armstead collected 3,221 votes for 27 percent, coming in third behind Whitney Rawls (3,483 votes, 29 percent) and Patricia Hawkins-Williams (3,938 votes, 33 percent) in the race for the open house seat.

In a closely watched South Florida judicial race, Lea P. Krauss, a married lesbian, collected the most votes for circuit judge in circuit 17, group nine. (59,473 votes, 38 percent) Krauss faces Andrea Ruth Gundersen (50,988 votes, 32 percent) in the general election.

In Orlando, Beth Tuura won a three-way election in house district 47 to take the Democratic nomination. Tuura, a married lesbian, has a background in broadcast sports journalism. She faces incumbent Republican Mike Miller in the general election. Also in Orlando, Carlos Guillermo-Smith was awarded the Democratic nomination in district 49. Guillermo-Smith, the governmental affairs manager for Equality Florida, faces no party affiliated Shea Silverman in the general election.

On the Senate side, gay candidates Michael Gongora and Kevin Burns came up short in their respective campaigns for the open seat in district 38. Daphne Campbell, an outspoken social conservative, defeated five other candidates to win the Democratic nomination. Campbell collected 9,014 votes for 31 percent of the vote, edging out former prosecutor Jason Pizzo who earned 6,885 votes (24 percent) with Gongora gathering 6,239 votes (21 percent) and Burns tallying 4,437 (15 percent).

In a closely watched South Florida judicial race, Lea P. Krauss, a married lesbian, collected the most votes for circuit judge in circuit 17, group nine. (59,473 votes, 38 percent) Krauss faces Andrea Ruth Gundersen (50,988 votes, 32 percent) in the general election.

Meanwhile, in Broward County, Betsy Benson took the bench in group 13 with 63 percent of the vote. Benson defeated Mark D. Kushner (97,879 votes to 57,047 votes).


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