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Miami Beach elects Florida's first openly gay state legislator

Democrat David Richardson, a CPA from Miami Beach, was elected the state's first openly gay state representative Tuesday, narrowly defeating three opponents in the open primary race.

Richardson, a forensic accountant, defeated rivals Waldo Faura, Jr., an insurance adjuster and activist; Adam Kravitz, an attorney and entrepreneur who co-founded the popular Jewish dating website JDate.com; and Mark Weithorn, husband of Miami Beach City Commissioner Deede Weithorn.

Richardson sailed past two opponents whose supporters snared each other in competing ethics allegations. 

Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith congratulated Richardson for making history, saying he "represents the rich, diversity that makes Florida great and we are pleased to welcome him to the state Legislature. He has the real world experience to help businesses create jobs, grow our economy and get this state working for the people again. From day one he’ll be a voice for Florida’s middle class families and a strong advocate against the extreme Tea Party agenda of Rick Scott and the Republicans.”

Because there was no opponent on the general election ballot, the primary was open to all voters regardless of party affiliation.

For more on the race, read here.

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