Last night’s midterm elections saw a record number of LGBTQ, female, and minority candidates handily winning races.
Neil Rafferty of Birmingham, Alabama is a part of that list. The openly gay former U.S. Marine won a House seat in the state’s 54th district last night by a whopping 90%–yes, 90%!
Former state Rep. Patricia Todd’s District 54 seat will continue to be represented by a member of the LGBTQ community, with former Marine Neil Rafferty, a Democrat, handily beating independent Joseph Casper Baker III, 90 percent to 10 percent. Rafferty is openly gay.
Rafferty announced his bid for a seat in the State House back in February, after Rep. Patricia Todd, the state’s first gay legislator, said she would not be seeking reelection.
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In June, Rafferty, who works as the director of research and development at Birmingham AIDS Outreach, won the Democratic runoff election with 67% of the vote. He celebrated that win by inviting all his supporters out to his favorite dive bar.
We’re not sure how he marked last night’s big win, but we hope he had a great celebration.
We’re looking forward to watching all the great things Rafferty will no doubt accomplish… almost as much as we’re looking forward to the day he finally decides to unlock his personal Instagram profile.