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Chattanooga, Tenn., elects first openly gay candidate to city council

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — City council candidate Chris Anderson made history Tuesday night when he became the first openly gay candidate to win an election in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Chris Anderson

Anderson, who was endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, beat a two-term incumbent to represent City Council District 7.

The lifelong Chattanooga resident has been active in Democratic politics and area community groups for years, once serving as the national executive vice president of the Young Democrats of America.

“We are thrilled for Chris and for the people of Chattanooga, who will benefit from his passion, drive and leadership skills. This is also a huge victory for the LGBT community in southeast Tennessee, who finally have an authentic voice for equality in government,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.

Anderson will be one of just two openly LGBT elected officials in the state of Tennessee.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. Applause,Applause,…….congratulations !

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 3:24pm
  2. Awesome news!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 3:29pm
  3. GREAT!!! A little movement in the South!! As a gay man and from the South, maybe I can return home one day.. SIGH,

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 3:45pm
  4. I seem to have dozed off and woken up in an alternate universe where east TN actually has some intelligent voters. I wonder what else is different here…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:07pm
  5. Good Too here Gay Power too the People !! Curtis & Pat partners for 29 years.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:10pm
  6. I wonder how many of my cousins voted for him.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5:43pm
  7. Even in the South, many voters are beginning to see that a person’s color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or whatever else has no bearing on their ability to do a job.

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:12am
  8. Sweet!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:55am