Bil Browning

Openly Gay Man Wins Indy City-County Council Race

Filed By Bil Browning | November 08, 2011 10:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Indianapolis, Indy City-County Council, Stonewall Democrats, Victory Fund, Zach Adamson

Zach Adamson will become Indianapolis' first openly gay City-County Councilor after today's election. Adamson, who ran for an at-large seat, Thumbnail image for Zach Adamsonhad to compete for voters across the entire city unlike those running in a specific district.

Melina Kennedy, who would have been Indy's first female mayor, lost her race to unseat incumbent Mayor Greg Ballard. Adamson's vote total rivaled the amount of votes cast for Kennedy.

Adamson is a board member of the Indiana Stonewall Democrats and was endorsed by the Victory Fund. ISD heavily supported Adamson's campaign and the victory was predicted as a coming-of-age for the LGBT political organization.

"This is a milestone for Indianapolis and a remarkable victory for Zach. We couldn't be happier for him and for the LGBT community in Indianapolis," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.

While Zach's sexual orientation was occasionally discussed by the media, it was never a campaign issue. He was one of the first Bilerico readers back when we were an Indiana-focused site.

It wasn't that many years ago that Jerame and Zach both joined the ISD board; now Jerame is the interim Executive Director of National Stonewall Dems and Zach is a City-County Councilor. My, how times have changed - for the better.

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Congratulations to Zach. We are very proud of you.

You will be an exceptional City-County Council Member and it is sweet that you will have a majority on the council.

Congratulations, Zach!

In addition to Indianapolis gaining a great new member on the City-County Council, it is also gratifying that Indianapolis and Indiana join the national club of jurisdictions that have major LGBT elected officials. This, along with the HRO victory a few years ago, puts Indy solidly on the map!

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | November 9, 2011 3:46 PM

What great news! Jerry and I voted early a couple of Sundays ago at the City County Building and Zach was outside to greet us as we went to and fro. May his tribe of openly LGBT as well as openly competent officeholders increase!

Annette Gross Annette Gross | November 9, 2011 10:16 PM

This is such good news! I knew Zach was destined for political life - and may this be only the beginning!