Out Candidates Mark Pocan and David Richardson Win Election Primaries

Two primary elections ended in victories for openly gay candidates. Wisconsin’s U.S. House candidate Mark Pocan and Florida State Representative candidate David Richardson both won the Democratic Party vote and will move the November election. Pocan joins fellow openly gay Wisconsinite and U.S. senatorial candidate Tammy Baldwin, who received the first ever endorsement from the lesbian-run pro-equality super PAC, LPAC. Both Pocan and Richardson have been endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which notes that seventeen states are currently without a single out LGBT candidate. If elected, Richardson would be Florida’s first out gay state lawmaker.

Other openly LGBT candidates running for the U.S. House seats include incumbent Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.), as well as Richard Tisei in Massachusetts, Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona, Mark Takano in California and Sean Patrick Maloney in New York.