Kassandra Timothe won the run-off election for North Miami Council Seat 2.
With all six precincts counted, Timothe received 730 votes for 56%, defeating former two-term mayor Kevin Burns, who got 576 votes for 44%.
“All I have is two words. THANK YOU,” Timothe tweeted. “Thank you to my family and friends. Supporters and prayer warriors. And Special Thank You to North Miami District 2. I look forward to serving you with integrity, honor and respect.”
Timothe, 31, becomes the first Black woman elected in North Miami’s second district. She previously worked for the city as a public information officer. Timothe does not identify as LGBT.
Burns, a gay man, told the Miami Herald he intends to stay involved in the city as a registered lobbyist. Only 17 percent of the city’s registered voters cast ballots in the June 1 run-off.
Meanwhile, in San Antonio, Texas, Jalen McKee-Rodriguez became the first out gay Black man ever elected in the Lone Star State. McKee-Rodriguez, 26, a math teacher, won the council’s District 2 seat in a run-off election on Saturday with 63% of the vote.
In a press release, the LGBTQ Victory Fund celebrated the outcome in San Antonio.
“Jalen shattered a lavender ceiling in Texas, and it came as right-wing state legislators target LGBTQ people and people of color with bigoted policies aimed at rallying their extremist political base,” said Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “We need more people of color, young people and LGBTQ people in state and local government who will ensure politicians look to improve the lives of Texans, not further marginalize them. Jalen’s victory is a rejection of the homophobic and racist politicking so fashionable in Austin and it will inspire more LGBTQ Black leaders to run and win.”
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