« Gay Labor Day Weekend tea cruise in Fort Lauderdale | Main | Clinton speaks of 'an America defined by deep and meaningful equality, from civil rights to labor rights, from women's rights to gay rights' »

LaFontaine loses race to become Florida's first openly gay state legislator

From Miami Herald election coverage:

LafontaineDespite raising significantly less than her two opponents, former Deerfield Beach Commissioner Gwyn Clarke-Reed won a seat in the state House of Representatives.

The men who were also vying for House District 92, Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton and Oakland Park accountant and activist Mark LaFontaine (pictured), traded jabs as the campaign wrapped up.

LaFontaine had hoped to become the state's first openly gay legislator.

A Deerfield Beach commissioner for 12 years, Clarke-Reed will fill the seat held by Jack Seiler, who has to leave because of term limits. It covers several Northeast Broward cities.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

• DISTRICT 92

63 OF 68 PRECINCTS: 93 %

Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed
3,248
41.1%
Mark LaFontaine
2,161
27.3%
Scott Newton
2,501
31.6%

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e200e55470cc298833

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference LaFontaine loses race to become Florida's first openly gay state legislator:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

LaFontaine was a flawed candidate. He had too many personal history issues, and no elected political background, to qualify him for the position. Let's not vote for a candidate because he/she's gay, let's vote for the most qualified candidate who happens to be gay.

Another disppointing thing about this election was the failure of all the Dolphin Dems Gay Candidates. They couldn't deliver the votes. Maybe they should start with delivering pizza's.

Mark was a great candidate with a compelling story -- US veteran, small business owner, Eagle Scout, etc etc. It's too bad one of his opponents decided to launch a personal attack instead of talking about the issues. That certainly impacted turnout for both of them.

I do agree about the lack of the GLBT community to turn out. We'll progress when we pay attention to what's going on and turn out at the ballot box the way we do at the bars.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment