PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – LGBT voters in droves helped elect Dr. Raul Ruiz to an upset victory over U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack on Tuesday, according to unofficial results.
Ruiz, who campaigned as a straight ally of the LGBT community, ousted Bono Mack, who is the stepmother of transgender activist Chaz Bono.
Bono Mack, who was a seven-term U.S. representative and a Republican, had a checkered voting record on LGBT rights and represented an area where the LGBT community is growing and showing its political clout.
Ruiz is an emergency room physician and the son of migrant farm workers who promised full support of LGBT equality.
Mack’s husband, Connie Mack IV, also lost on Tuesday in his bid to win the U.S. Senate seat from Florida. He was viewed as more conservative than his father, Connie Mack III, who was a well-respected Senator from Florida. Mack and Bono Mack met while each served in the House.
Two gay men win election in Cathedral City
Voters in Cathedral City, Calif., have elected Chip Yarborough as Mayor and re-elected Greg Pettis to the City Council.
Both men are gay.