Gabriel Acevero on Tuesday became the first openly gay man of Afro-Latino descent elected to the Maryland General Assembly when he won his race in House District 39.
Acevero, who describes himself as a Democratic Socialist, finished in first place with 31 percent of the vote.
“I’m humbled by the trust and confidence the people of district 39 have placed in me and I’m committed to working everyday to better the quality of life for all residents,” he told his supporters on Tuesday. “We’ve led the country on repealing the death penalty, passing the Dream Act and marriage equality; and we can lead again by building a just economy and educating our children to lead it.”
State Del. Mary Washington (D-Baltimore City) on Tuesday also made history as the first openly LGBT person of color elected to the Maryland Senate. Former NAACP President Ben Jealous lost to incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the state’s gubernatorial race.