Javier Gonzales was elected mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico last night with 43% of the vote. He is the first openly gay Latin mayor to be elected to head New Mexico's capital city. He is the son of a former Santa Fe mayor.
Gonzalez, 47, faced off against another openly LGBT candidate for the position, City Councilperson Patti Bushee.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports:
A scion of a political family, Gonzales burst into the political scene at the age of 27, when he was elected to the first of two terms to the Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners. Gonzales served for four consecutive years as state Democratic Party chairman, where he built regional, state and national connections. Former Gov. Bill Richardson appointed him to the Board of Regents at New Mexico Highlands University and New Mexico State University, where Gonzales graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Gonzales ran a clean campaign. However, two political action committees supporting his candidacy tore into his opposition, portraying Bushee as an anti-union politician who was “the wrong choice for Santa Fe’s working families.”