November 9, 2017 at 7:24 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Patrick Wojahn wins re-election in College Park
Patrick Wojahn, gay news, Washington Blade

College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn, center, won election to a second term. (Washington Blade photo by Tom Hausman)

College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn, who’s gay, won election to a second term in office on Tuesday, finishing ahead of three challengers by a wide margin.

Final but unofficial returns showed that Wojahn received 1,495 votes. Council member Mary Cook came in second place with 572 votes followed by candidates S.H. Tom Chen and Lalzarliani Malsawma receiving 351 votes and 98 votes respectively.

Wojahn became College Park’s first out gay mayor when he was first elected to the mayoral post two years ago.

“I’m excited, honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to serve College Park another two years as mayor,” he said in a statement Tuesday night. “I’m eager to continue the progress we’ve made over the past two years on revitalizing our city and making our neighborhoods safe and our communities strong,” he said.

Also winning re-election on Tuesday was College Park’s gay City Council member P.J. Brennan, who finished ahead of four challengers.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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