In the hotly contested special primary election in to fill the congressional seat of Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Carson) in the 37th district Assemblymember Laura Richardson defeated State Senator Jenny Oropeza yesterday by nearly 2000 votes out of almost 30, 000 votes cast, a turnout of a measly 11.14%.
Candidate Votes Percentage
Laura Richardson 11,027 37.76%
Jenny Oropeza 9,144 31.31%
Valerie McDonald 2,743 9.39%
This is a win for both the African American and LGBT communities. Although previously
Mad Professah had described this election as pitting the LGBT vs Black vs Latino communities because the gay-friendly African American candidate (Richardson) won over the homophobic Black candidate (McDonald) the LGBT community gains a gay-friendly congressperson, retains a Latino gay-friendly State Senator (Oropeza, who is a co-sponsor of the marriage equality bill) and punishes the politics of homophobia!
Now, if openly lesbian Gerrie Schipske will run to replace Richardson’s seat in the State Assembly, that would be fitting, although an openly LGBT Latino candidate would be even better.