July 6, 2018 at 10:20 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Mary Washington declares victory in race against longtime Md. senator

Maryland state Sen. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City) on July 6, 2018, declared victory in her race against longtime state Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore City). (Photo courtesy of JDavis Photography)

Maryland state Del. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City) on Friday declared victory in her race against longtime state Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore City) in the Senate District 43 Democratic primary.

Washington defeated Conway by a 51.3-48.7 percent margin.

Washington declared victory nearly two weeks after the June 26 primary because of absentee ballots that needed to be counted.

Washington in a text message she sent to the Washington Blade on Friday night noted she is now ahead of Conway by 492 votes. Washington also pointed out her opponent has yet to concede.

“We won,” proclaimed Washington on her campaign’s Facebook page. “Thank you everyone who believed and made this victory happen.”

Washington would be the first openly LGBT senator of color in the Maryland Senate if she were to win the general election in November.

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

Sharon Brackett, founder of Gender Rights Maryland, and Laura Hart on June 26 became the first openly transgender women elected to public office in the state when they won their respective primaries for the Democratic Central Committees in the 46th District and in St. Mary’s County respectively. Evan Glass would become the first openly gay member of the Montgomery County Council if he were to win in November.

State Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) on June 26 finished fifth in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

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

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