Friday, October 9, 2015

Gay GOP candidate vies for PA House seat

Zero to three in eight months?

Gay GOP candidate vies for PA House seat



Zero to three in eight months?

Could the Pennsylvania General Assembly soon get its third openly gay lawmaker?

Three candidates are vying for York County's 95th district House seat in a special election Tuesday and one - Republican Bryan Tate - has disclosed that he is gay,

Tate is a longshot though, the seat has been held by a Democrat - most recently by now Auditor General Eugene DePasquale - for more than two decades.

Tate faces Democrat Kevin Schreiber, who serves as the Community and Economic Development director for the City of York, and Green Party candidate Bill Swartz, who runs a property management firm.

Tate is the vice president of philanthropy at the York Community Foundation and previously served as chief of staff for former U.S. Rep. Todd Platt, reports WITF radio.

If Tate wins he would join Rep. Brian Sims of Philadelphia, the first openly candidate to win a seat in the General Assembly and Rep.Mike Fleck, of Huntingdon County, who came out after being re-elected last fall.





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