On Tuesday, former police chief Jane Castor, 59, was elected mayor of Tampa. She won the mayoral race with 73% of the votes in this battle against businessman David Straz.
After her election, castor said that her win “sends a resounding message to our community — no, it sends a resounding message to the nation, that Tampa celebrates its diversity and lifts everyone up in a positive way.”
She also said that she will focus on “strengthening our neighborhoods” and promised to build a city that residents will “be proud to pass off to the next generation.”
Jane Castor becomes the first openly lesbian mayor of Tampa, the second in Florida after Daisy Johnson who was elected in Key West last year, and the third gay woman to become mayor in 2019 after Lori Lightfoot in Chicago and Satya Rhodes-Conway in Madison, Wisconsin.
“Both LGBTQ people and women face tremendous obstacles in running for public office, but Jane’s victory shows lesbian candidates can win citywide office with a strong record of public service and policy priorities that align with their constituents,” said Annise Parker, former mayor of Houston and president of the LGBTQ Victory Fund. “While voters chose Jane because of her vision for Tampa, her willingness to be open and honest about her life lent her an authenticity that voters are drawn to not just in Tampa, but across the nation.”
Four years ago, Tampa did not allow same-sex couples to get married and today the locals elected an openly lesbian mayor. What an incredible victory!
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