Elects Gay Majority to City Council
Historic Victory is a First of its Kind
on America's East Coast
2 Gay Mayors: Winning & Re-winning
in Florida and Arizona
Compiled by GayToday
Wilton Manors, Florida
Wilton Manors, Florida– John Fiore, a candidate endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund has won his bid for mayor of Wilton Manors, Florida.,creating an openly gay majority on the City Council of this small municipality of 13,000 near Fort Lauderdale.
Fiore's victory marked the first time an openly gay majority has been elected to lead a local government anywhere in the country outside of West Hollywood, California. A professional urban planner and 12-year veteran of the Council, Fiore's track record of sensible community development and fiscal conservatism is widely recognized as contributing to the city's economic turnaround and a doubling of property values over the last 10 years. His mayoral campaign focused on continuing the city's economic and cultural renaissance.
According to the Victory Fund, though sexual orientation did not become an issue in Giuliano's race this year, the mayor had been targeted by a campaign of anti-gay attacks late in his 1998 race.
"We are very pleased that this year, the key question was who would make the best mayor for all of the people of Tempe," added Bond. "And the voters resoundingly told us that the answer was Neil Giuliano."
In both this year's race and his 1998 campaign, Giuliano enjoyed the backing of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund
Orlando, Florida--Meanwhile, in a closely-fought contest in Orlando, Florida, Patty Sheehan was the second-highest vote-getter in her non-partisan District 4 City Council race and will move on to an April 11 run-off against a first-term incumbent. By winning that race, she would become Orlando's first openly gay or lesbian elected official.