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Gay candidates win in L.A. elections



LOS ANGELES — Ron Galperin has become the first openly gay candidate to win a citywide race in Los Angeles, the second largest city in America. Galperin defeated Dennis Zine in the race for city controller, an office currently held by Wendy Greuel, who lost a bid to become L.A.’s mayor to City Councilman Eric Garcetti. Galperin is an attorney, business owner, community leader – and a recognized expert on L.A. municipal government and finance.

Replacing Garcetti on the Council will be openly gay candidate Mitch O’Farrell. ”I’m full of love for the City Council District that I used to work with and it looks like on July 1 I am going to get to work with them again,” O’Farrell told supporters. O’Farrell will represent District 13, which has a significant LGBT population, as he becomes the fourth-ever openly LGBT member of the Council and its second sitting member.

“We could not be happier for Ron Galperin and Mitch O’Farrell. They are committed public servants with deep experience in municipal issues, and they will both be strong voices for LGBT Angelenos,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which backed the candidates.

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