Waymon Hudson

Sarasota County gets First Openly Gay County-wide Candidate

Filed By Waymon Hudson | August 09, 2008 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Bryan Worthington, Sarasota County, Sarasota County Charter Review Board

The first openly gay candidate to seek a county-wide office in Sarasota County, Florida has jumped into the race for the Sarasota County Charter Review Board. Bryancropped-119x170.jpgBryan Worthington, a Democrat and longtime Sarasota resident, hopes to win the District 3 seat in this year's Nov. 4 election.

Said Worthington:

My biggest aspiration in running for the Charter Review Board is to see a non-discrimination clause added to our Sarasota County Charter. The City of Sarasota passed a similar measure in 2002 by a 75% majority. It is long overdue for the County Charter to catch up to the City Charter. The rights of all citizens must be protected.

Amendments to the County Charter can be presented by board members.

Worthington is the first openly gay candidate in a county-wide election, but is not the first openly gay candidate to appear on a ballot in Sarasota. City Commissioner Ken Shelin, who won his seat in 2005, was the first.

This is an exciting chance to add protections for our LGBT brothers and sisters to the Charter of Sarasota County. I am excited to see the record number of openly LGBT candidates that are stepping up for change in our state!

For more information and to support this candidate, visit his campaign Web site at Bryan4Charter.com

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We need more queer politicians standing up for our rights - and the rights of other minority groups.