Voters in Chattanooga, Tennessee elected their first openly-gay politician yesterday, to the City Council. Chris Anderson became the first openly gay candidate to win election in the “Scenic City,” beating an incumbent.
“The lifelong Chattanooga resident has been active in Democratic politics and area community groups for years, once serving as the national executive vice president of the Young Democrats of America,” reports the Victory Fund, which endorsed Anderson.
“We are thrilled for Chris and for the people of Chattanooga, who will benefit from his passion, drive and leadership skills. This is also a huge victory for the LGBT community in southeast Tennessee, who finally have an authentic voice for equality in government,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.
Anderson will be one of just two openly LGBT elected officials in the state of Tennessee.
The Victory Fund also notes “Chris and Phillip, his partner of ten years, live in downtown Chattanooga with their two dogs, Jackson and Jefferson.”
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