massachusetts

America’s First Black Lesbian Mayor E. Denise Simmons Has Bigger Plans

E. Denise Simmons, of Cambridge, Mass., in 2008 became the nation’s first black out lesbian mayor (and succeeded Kenneth Reeves, the nation’s first black out gay mayor), a position that leads the City Council. (She was elected mayor by fellow counselors, not voters). But now she’s on to greater ambitions, this week announcing her run for the State Senate seat opened up by Anthony D. Galluccio, who’s serving a year in prison after a hit-and-run. So yeah, that’s sort of neat — particularly if Simmons’ three decades of public service keeps going beyond Massachusetts’ politics. [Bay Windows]