WASHINGTON — Mark Takano, a Democratic candidate in California’s new 41st Congressional District, will attend a meet-and-greet on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at Mova DC, 2204 14th St., Washington, D.C.
The host of the event, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, said, “With the announcement of Barney Frank’s retirement and Tammy Baldwin’s run for the Senate, we need to elect Mark Takano.”
Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, was first elected in 1980 and became the first member of Congress to come out as gay in 1987. He will retire at the end of his current term in 2013.
Baldwin, also a Democrat, has represented Wisconsin in the House of Representatives since 1999. She was the first woman elected to Congress from that state and the first non-incumbent openly gay candidate elected to Congress. She is running for the Senate seat currently held by Herb Kohl, who is retiring.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund called Takano’s campaign “groundbreaking” as he would be the first openly LGBT person of color to serve in Congress.
Takano is currently a member of the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees. He was first elected in 1990 and has been re-elected four times. In 1992, he won the Democratic nomination in the 43rd Congressional District, but lost the general election by fewer than 550 votes to Republican Ken Calvert. The new district gives Democrats the advantage.