Election results reflect diversity | Richmond Free Press
The horse race between Democrats and Republicans for control of Congress is garnering the most attention following Tuesday’s midterm elections.
But one of the takeaways that excites us is the story that took place, especially for black candidates, but also for white women, Latinos and others who also achieved unprecedented success.
For example, Maryland elected its first black governor and first black attorney general, while Pennsylvania elected its first black lieutenant governor and first black congresswoman.
And a Florida congressional district has elected a 25-year-old black man with Haitian and Puerto Rican roots to be the youngest representative to Congress.
With all the talk of the attack on democracy, these results give us some reassurance about the future of our changing country.
We hope Judge Clarence Thomas will also take notice. He recently said he hadn’t grasped the meaning of diversity. Well, these results are what it looks like, Judge.
Among the results we celebrate is the election of Westley WO “Wes” Moore, 44, as the next Governor of Maryland. Sensible voters allowed Mr Moore to easily defeat a Donald Trump-endorsed arch-conservative Republican by a whopping, albeit unofficial, 23-point margin.
An author and former Army captain who previously ran a nonprofit in New York, Moore has campaigned to end child poverty and protect women’s abortion rights.
When he takes office next year, he will be only the third elected black governor of a state, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia being the first and Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts being the second.
Mr Moore showed up with two other history makers – US Representative Anthony Brown, now the first black man to win the election as Maryland’s attorney general, and Aruna Miller, an Indian-American who will be the first immigrant to serve as lieutenant governor in the Free State.
And we’re thrilled that Florida Democrat Maxwell A. Frost is heading to Congress after beating Black Republican Calvin Wimbish in the race to replace Representative Val Demings as the representative for Florida’s 10th Congressional District in the Florida area. ‘Orlando.
After his victory, Mr Frost, a political organizer, joked that the US Constitution requires representatives to be 25, ‘so I’m right on time’.
In addition, the democrat Austin Davis prevailed in the race with the lieutenant-governor of Pennsylvania and will be the first black to occupy this post. And Democrat Summer Lee also deserves a “wow.” She is on track to be Pennsylvania’s first black woman to serve in the United States House after winning the state’s 12th congressional district.
Black candidates have also been fielded in Senate races in several battleground states seen as key in the fight for control of the Senate.
In Georgia, incumbent black Democratic senator Ralph Warnock, a pastor, appears to have defeated black Republican challenger Herschel Walker, but they must face off again in a runoff on Tuesday, Dec. 6, as a third candidate has siphoned off enough of votes. to prevent Senator Warnock from winning on the spot.
In Florida, Rep. Demings, a former Orlando police chief who gave up her House seat to challenge Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, lost, as did Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, who challenged the incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson, even though it was oh so close.
For the first time, black women won the post of secretary of state in California and Connecticut and will oversee elections in those two states.
Meanwhile, California also elected its first Latino senator and first Filipino-American attorney general.
White women have done well too. Alabama elected a woman to the US Senate for the first time while Arkansas, Massachusetts and New York elected their first female governors.
Arkansas and Massachusetts also elected their first female lieutenant governors and are the first states to have women serving in both offices simultaneously.
Maura Healy, the Massachusetts attorney general who won the gubernatorial race, will also be the first openly lesbian person to serve as an elected chief executive of a state.
Hopefully, these are signs that the American promise that “all men (and women) are created equal” still embodies some truth amid the acute political divisions of our time.