Tina Kotek, the current Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, as the party’s nominee for governor.Kotek, who may be slightly favored in the general election in the Democratic-leaning state, is now on track to become one of the first out lesbian governors in U.S.
history, along with Maura Healey, the Massachusetts Attorney General who is now running to be the Bay State’s next governor.If successful in November, Kotek will succeed Gov.
Kate Brown, a bisexual who is currently one of only two sitting LGBTQ governors in the country.The LGBTQ Victory Fund celebrated Kotek’s primary victory, calling it a “momentous night for Oregon and LGBTQ people across the country.”“Tina shattered this lavender ceiling because Oregonians are excited and enthusiastic about her vision for a more equitable, accepting future,” Annise Parker, the president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in a statement. “With anti-LGBTQ attacks sweeping the country, her election is not only a rebuke of hate, but a beacon of hope for countless young LGBTQ people looking for inspiration during one of our nation’s darkest times.”Two LGBTQ candidates appeared to have won their primaries for Congress.
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