DNC Chair Tom Perez released the below statement following Jane Castor’s historic election as mayor of Tampa, Florida:
“Congratulations to Tampa Mayor-elect Jane Castor on her historic victory last night. Castor inspired voters by showing her dedication to Democratic values and the issues that matter most to working families. In addition to becoming the first LGBTQ mayor of Tampa, she’s set to become the first openly LGBTQ person elected mayor of a major city in the Southeastern United States.
“Our diversity is our greatest strength, and our elected leaders should reflect the communities they represent. This year alone, Democrats have elected three new lesbian mayors in major cities, mobilizing a new generation of leaders. I look forward to working with Mayor-elect Castor to make Tampa a more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming place for all.”