The Minneapolis 5 – Elections – gays elected to public office in Minneapolis, Minnesota – Brief Article
Karen Louise Boothe
By mid autumn daily temperatures in Minneapolis hover around 50 degrees, but on November 6 the Minnesota city was the hot spot of the nation. Out of 10 openly gay candidates running for public office in the city, five emerged victorious.
But while the collective victories of Scott Benson, Robert Lilligren, and Gary Schiff for city council; Rod Kreuger for library board; and Wally Swan for estimate and taxation board are a first for Minneapolis–which before this year has had only one openly gay city council member in its history–some residents say the reconfigured city council still falls short when it comes to diversity. Of the nine men and four women on the council, 12 are white, and one is African-American.
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