Mayors for Pete: Buttigieg hunts for support in city halls

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ABOVE: Mayor Pete Buttigieg, photo via Buttigieg’s Facebook.

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) | As Pete Buttigieg works to prove the leader of a city of roughly 100,000 people is ready to assume the American presidency, he’s relying on help from politicians who would know best: his fellow mayors.

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor has amassed a network of roughly 60 “Mayors for Pete,” a collection of local leaders pushing for his underdog bid. The group includes mayors from former industrial cities, thriving metros and tiny towns of just a few thousand people. It includes the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, a Rust Belt city like the one Buttigieg leads, and the mayor of West Sacramento, California, a rising progressive leader. About a third are from swing states Democrats need to win to take the White House. But just three are from the early voting states Buttigieg needs to win to become Democrats’ presidential nominee.

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Rainbow Democrats, Equality Florida Action PAC endorse Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

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ORLANDO | The Rainbow Democrats Caucus and the Equality Florida Action PAC have both endorsed current Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for re-election ahead of the Nov. 5 election.

The Rainbow Democrats Caucus made its announcement in a statement Oct. 17.

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Lori Lightfoot becomes first openly gay, black woman to be mayor of Chicago

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lori Lightfoot made history on Monday when she was inaugurated as mayor of Chicago making her the first openly gay, black woman to hold the title.

Lightfoot, who was joined by her wife Amy Eshleman and 11-year-old daughter Vivian, delivered her inaugural speech to a crowd at Wintrust Arena.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten Buttigieg land Time Magazine cover

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg landed the cover of Time magazine along with his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, for the magazine’s May 13 issue.

The Democratic presidential candidate and his husband are shown standing outside of their Indiana home with the headline “First Family.” Underneath it reads, “The unlikely, untested and unprecedented campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg.”

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Castor, Straz move to Tampa mayoral runoff election

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TAMPA | Jane Castor and David Straz will face one another in a runoff election to become Tampa’s next mayor, just over 20 percent of the city’s voters determined March 5.

Had any of the seven candidates for mayor obtained over 50 percent of the vote, Tampa would have avoided the April 23 runoff. According to unofficial returns from the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Castor received 47.99 percent of the vote and nearly won the election outright. Straz, who received the second largest result, garnered 15.47 percent of the vote.

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Orlando mayor announces Florida’s first multi-stall, all-user government building restroom

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ORLANDO | Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced Aug. 7 that City Hall will be the first government building to house a multi-stall, all-user restroom in the state of Florida.

The announcement was made during Dyer’s 2018 State of the City where he laid out “60 reasons we love Orlando and are excited about our future.” The theme is meant to coincide with the mayor’s 60th birthday.

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Longtime Democratic assemblyman sworn in as 1st gay mayor of New Jersey capital city

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A longtime state lawmaker is the new mayor of New Jersey’s capital city.

Reed Gusciora was sworn in July 1 in Trenton, becoming the city’s first openly gay mayor. The ceremony came one day after the Democratic Assemblyman resigned the legislative seat he had held for 22 years.

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NJ Mayor-elect condemns racist mailers that supported him

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PATERSON, N.J. (AP) – The new mayor of Paterson is vowing he will “bring to justice” the people responsible for distributing an offensive campaign mailer that encouraged residents to vote for him.

Mayor-elect Andre Sayegh says his campaign had nothing to do with the mailer, which attacked political leaders who were Hispanic, black, Muslim and gay. NJ.com reports the mailer also used multiple racial and ethnic slurs.

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Jenny Durkan elected as first lesbian mayor of Seattle

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan won a competitive race Tuesday night to become the next mayor of Seattle, making her the city’s first lesbian mayor and Seattle’s first female mayor in nearly a century

According to the Seattle Times, Durkan won the election by taking 60.6 percent of the vote compared to the 39.4 percent won by her opponent, Cary Moon.

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Ex-Portland mayor’s assistant alleges sexual harassment

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The executive assistant of former Portland Mayor Sam Adams has accused him of engaging in unwanted sexual behavior and says that staffers adopted a “code of silence and complicity” that adversely influenced city hall policy on harassment.

Cevero Gonzalez sent a letter to Portland’s city commissioners, the current mayor and three other top officials Thursday night.

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Seattle mayor to resign amid another molestation allegation

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Gay Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Sept. 12, 2017, announced he will resign amid allegations that he sexually abused a fifth man in the 1970s. (Photo courtesy Seattle mayor’s office)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Tuesday announced he will resign after a fifth man accused him of sexual molestation.

Murray in a statement said he will step down on Wednesday at 5 p.m. local time. Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell will become acting mayor.

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Nashville mayor decries anti-gay statement named after city

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is denouncing a statement against same-sex marriage that evangelical leaders have named after the city.

On Tuesday, Barry tweeted that the “Nashville Statement” is poorly named and does not represent the inclusive values of the city and people of Nashville.

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