June 27, 2018 at 12:35 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Gay Afro-Latino Md. House candidate wins primary

Gabriel Acevero on June 26, 2018, came in second in the Democratic primary in House District 39. He would be the first openly gay man of Afro-Latino descent elected to the General Assembly if he wins in November. (Photo courtesy of Gabriel Acevero)

An openly gay Maryland House of Delegates candidate won his primary on Tuesday.

Gabriel Acevero came in second place in the Democratic primary in House District 39 with 20.2 percent. Acevero would be the first openly gay man of Afro-Latino descent elected to the General Assembly if he were to win in November.

“We won,” said Acevero in a tweet.

Mila Johns, who is openly bisexual, came in sixth in the Democratic primary in House District 18. Kevin Mack, a gay man who is living with HIV, came in fifth in the Democratic primary in House District 15.

“A year ago I decided to plunge into a world I never thought I would enter and run for public office,” wrote Johns on her campaign’s Facebook page. “Tonight that amazing journey has concluded for now. I would like to thank the thousands of friends, neighbors, and supporters who voted for me, and the many wonderful organizations who endorsed me and my candidacy for delegate.”

State Dels. Bonnie Cullison (D-Montgomery County), Anne Kaiser (D-Montgomery County), Luke Clippinger (D-Baltimore City) and Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore City) won their respective primaries.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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