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Nearly 30 years after first gay politician elected, San Diego has wide range of LGBTQ candidates

Posted at 6:45 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 21:45:08-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego has long been on the leading edge for LGBTQ politics.

Christine Kehoe was the first openly gay candidate elected in San Diego County. She won the City Council seat in District 3 in 1993.

Since then, the seat has been held continuously by an openly gay person, the longest streak she knows of for any public office in the country.

2020 could also be the year San Diegans elect the first openly gay mayor. Todd Gloria, who currently serves as the state assemblymember for the 78th District, briefly served as interim Mayor after Bob Filner resigned.

10News reporter, Matt Boone, spoke to Kehoe about the history of LGBTQ politics in San Diego as well as significance of having so many openly gay candidates on the ballot.