US: Maine Could Elect Openly Gay Governor in Upcoming Elections

Michael_MichaudIn what is turning out to be an interesting three-way race, Maine could well be on its way to electing an openly gay Democrat as its new State Governor, making him the first LGBT representative in American history to hold such a role. 

Mike Michaud, who is currently a member of Congress, is the Democrat candidate for the upcoming gubernatorial elections this November. Last year, Michaud came out when he wrote a newspaper column that was printed by the Bangor Daily News, the Portland Press Herald, and the Associated Press. In the column, Michaud tackled the rumours that were circulating in the media at the time about his sexuality: 

“They want people to question whether I am gay. Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes, I am. But why should it matter?'”  

The chances of Congressman Michaud becoming the new Governor of Maine are looking quite healthy. In April, ABC affiliate, WCSH6 News, reported that the Democrat was in the lead in an opinion poll with 44%, while his main rival, Republican candidate and current Governor, Paul LePage, held 37%. The independent candidate, Eliot Cutler, was reported to have just 14% of the public’s support at the time.

Meanwhile, Maine has a chance of breaking another political record in terms of LGBT politicians, as it appears likely that Mainers could easily elect its youngest state legislator. At 21 years old, Ryan Fecteau is another openly-gay candidate for Maine’s state legislature, the elections for which also take place this coming November.

According to The Advocate:

In the Democratic primary for state representative from Maine’s 11th District, Ryan Fecteau easily defeated David Flood by winning 65 percent of the vote. Fecteau, 21, would be the nation’s youngest openly LGBT state legislator if he beats Republican Debi Davis in November, a likely outcome since the district is heavily Democratic, notes the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund

 

About Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is founder of EILE Magazine, a digital publication for the Irish LGBT community, and has published several works of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. He lives in Cork with his partner.
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