The presidential campaign has been bombarding the news for more than a year now, yet Among the many candidates, there are about 12 competitive races that may allow for LGBT candidates to secure house, senate or local positions. Here are a few top contenders:
Tammy Baldwin (WI-D)
Tammy Baldwin, currently a congresswoman representing Wisconsin’s second district, is now running for Senate. She is an adamant supporter of women’s rights, advocating for the Lily Ledbetter Act and the Violence Against Women Act. While supporting the Affordable Care Act, Baldwin also believes in fully government-funded health care. The race is in a dead heat between her and former governor of Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson. If Baldwin wins this election, she will become the first openly LGBT Senator.
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-D)
Hoping to represent Arizona’s new ninth congressional district, Kyrsten Sinema . She has been a continuous critic of Arizona’s anti-immigration bill SB1070 and of Maricopa county’s current sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Sinema also led the campaign against Proposition 102 in Arizona, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Her opponent, Vernon Parker, served in George H. W. Bush’s administration and is currently a city council member of Paradise Valley. Sinema could be the first openly bisexual to be elected to Congress.
Richard Tisei (MA-R)
As one of the few openly LGBT Republicans, Richard Tisei could represent the sixth congressional district of Massachusetts. He has served as a state representative and senator. Although he is fiscally conservative, Tisei describes himself as individualist in the free market and on social issues, yet he is not a Libertarian. He has worked on issues varying from mental health to the state budget. John Tierney has represented Massachusetts’s sixth district for almost fifteen years. Although the race is still fairly close, Tisei has a really good chance of defeating the incumbent. Tisei could be the first non-incumbent, openly LGBT republican.