Washington, DC – Rebecca Maurer defeated a 16-year incumbent and won her election for the Cleveland City Council, becoming the first out LGBTQ woman elected to the council in the city’s history. Currently Kerry McCormack is the only out LGBTQ member serving on the council. There are just 12 out LGBTQ women elected officials serving in all of Ohio.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of Victory Fund, released the following statement following Maurer’s win:
“LGBTQ people and women face unique obstacles and challenges when running for office, but Rebecca overcame them and is now a trailblazer for the city of Cleveland. Yet voters elected Rebecca because she is a community leader and is tuned into the issues that matter to them – especially providing equal resources and funding to all neighborhoods in her district. While she didn’t run to make history, her election will certainly inspire more LGBTQ women to consider public service as a way to make positive change in their communities.”
More information about all of Victory Fund’s endorsed candidates is available at victoryfund.org/ourcandidates. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.
LGBTQ Victory Fund
LGBTQ Victory Fund works to achieve and sustain equality by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government while ensuring they reflect the diversity of those they serve.