Bil Browning

Quinn Loses But Other Gay Candidates Win NYC Vote

Filed By Bil Browning | September 11, 2013 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Christine Quinn, city council candidate, Corey Johnson, New York City, primary election

It was a win-loss situation yesterday in New York City for LGBT candidates - but, for the most part, our community fared well in the primary election.

Christine Quinn, the current City Council speaker, lost her primary bid to become the next mayor. She would have been the city's first female mayor and the highest elected local government lesbian in the nation. Candidate Mel Wymore unfortunately lost his bid to be the council's first transgender member.

City Council candidates Corey Johnson, Danny Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer, Carlos Menchaca, Rosie Mendez and Ritchie Torres all won their races. Menchaca (Brooklyn) and Torres (Bronx) will be the first openly gay council members from their respective boroughs. Dromm and Van Bramer were unopposed while Mendez will be returning for a third term on the council.

Johnson, a personal endorsement of mine, won his primary race against lesbian attorney Yetta Kurland with an amazing 63% of the vote. Johnson, a longtime LGBT activist who came out as HIV+ in the New York Times last year, will succeed Quinn on the council and is expected to cruise to victory in the heavily gay and Democratic Chelsea neighborhood.

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