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North Dakota voters elect first openly gay state legislator

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

FARGO, N.D. — In a historic first for the Peace Garden State, voters have elected the first openly gay state representative to the North Dakota Legislative Assembly.

Joshua Boschee

The race, which attracted national media scrutiny, saw first-time candidate Democrat Joshua Boschee winning the highest percentage of votes among four candidates vying for two seats in the legislature.

Once the final results were tallied, Boschee had secured his seat with 26.1 percent of the vote; incumbent Blair Thoreson got the other open seat with 25.8 percent of the vote.

Boschee credits his victory to the “hundreds” of volunteers who turned out to help him knock on doors as early as last June to start campaigning. He told local media that he had help from college students, retirees, union members — a broad base of support. But he agrees it also sends a message to young people in North Dakota.

“I think it shows LGBT kids in the state that if you work hard, and you’re true to yourself, anything is possible. And I had this opportunity — and with a lot of help, it paid off,” Boschee said.

Boschee noted that his top priorities will be tackling higher education issues and property taxes once he takes his seat in the capitol in Bismark.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. that is so awesome

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 9:48pm
  2. way to go ND

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 9:49pm
  3. Fargo is the most progressive city in ND!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 9:50pm
  4. South Dakota? Awesome!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 9:50pm
  5. Yesss.. we are rising.. i love it!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 9:50pm
  6. Whoop! Love Josh!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:00pm
  7. Now if that ain’t CHANGE….I don’t know what is!!!! Love it!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:19pm
  8. I’ll do you one better. I already posted the link about Tammy Baldwin. So did you guys forget about her.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:35pm
  9. likes this!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:52pm
  10. SUPER…..this is GREAT.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 11:22pm
  11. That saying is TRUE!! We ARE everywhere!! LOL ;)

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:45am
  12. Congratulations, North Dakota! Forward is the proper direction to move.

    Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:57am