Florida Increases LGBTQ Representation in State Legislature; Victories for David Richardson and Carlos Guillermo Smith

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 10:25PM ET

CONTACT: Elliot Imse, Director of Communications, elliot.imse@victoryfund.org

Washington, DC – In response to Florida election victories for David Richardson (D-113) and Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-49), Victory Fund President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills released the following statement:

“Florida increased its representation in the state legislature Tuesday night with the election of Carlos Guillermo Smith and the reelection of David Richardson. Just five months ago LGBTQ people were targeted in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and these openly LGBTQ leaders were elected on platforms of common sense gun violence prevention and advancing equality for all Floridians. Carlos and David will be critical LGBTQ voices in the state legislature, and are laying the foundation for long-term LGBTQ political power in the state.”

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Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund works to change the face and voice of America’s politics and achieve equality for LGBTQ Americans by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government.

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