Gay North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress. From a mailing today:
I have very exciting news to share with you!
I am running for Congress.
It's not a decision have made lightly. After careful deliberation with family and friends, and with their full support, I know I can continue the tradition of public service and leadership we deserve in Washington.
Running as a Democrat in Florida's 17th District, the primary election will be Tuesday, August 24th and I am asking for your help today and throughout what is sure to be an exciting campaign.
Galvin’s biography from his website:
Scott Galvin is a native of North Miami who proudly serves his hometown. Elected to the City Council in 1999, he has been subsequently re-elected without opposition (in 2003 and 2007).
Galvin's work in the community has been tireless. He was a two-term president of the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce, as well as the North Miami Jaycees. He founded the Greater North Miami Historical Society and has been active in many other local groups.
Councilman Galvin also sits on the international Board of Directors for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). AHF is the nation’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care. It offers cutting-edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay to clients in the United States, Africa, Central America and Asia.
He graduated from North Miami Senior High in 1986, and has been a staunch supporter ever since. In 2003, he established the non-profit "Pioneer Pride Fund" to benefit school programs. His efforts were acknowledged in 2004 when Galvin was elected to the school's "Golden Pioneer" hall-of-fame.
Professionally, Galvin serves as the Vice President of Education for Junior Achievement of Greater Miami. He recruits and trains corporate volunteers to bring lessons of finance and community to children across Miami-Dade County. With a degree in education, he also served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek from 1993-1999.
In 2004, Galvin made a bit of local political history by becoming the first sitting elected official in South Florida to announce that he is gay.