Update: Kolakowski Finished First and prepares for Runoff Election and other women/LGBT wins

Transgender judicial candidate Victoria Kolakowski came in first in her historic bid for a seat on the Alameda County Superior Court in Tuesday's primary. She now advances to a fall runoff election and is one step closer to being the first out transgender person elected as a trial court judge in the country's history.

In similar news, other women, openly LGBT and pro-LGBT candidates won their elections.

  • Out lesbian Linda Colfax won her bid for her seat on San Francisco County's Superior Court.
  • Openly gay Michael Nava forced Judge Richard Ulmer into a runoff race this fall for his seat. 
  • Senator Blanche Lincoln won a runoff against Lietuenant Governor Bill hall for the Arkansas Democratic Senate nomination.  
  • eBay CEO Meg Whitman beat Steve Poisner for the California Republican Nomination for Governor candidate to campaign against CA Attorney Jerry Brown for the spot during November elections.
  • Carly Fiorina, ex-CEO of Hewlett-Packard, won the Republican Nomination to campaign against incumbent Barbara Boxer for the US Senate seat.  
  • Nikki Haley fell just short of 50 percent in the race for South Carolina Governor, against three more experienced (male) politicians.  She faces a June 22 Runoff against Rep. Gresham Barrett.
  • Assemblywoman Sharron Angle bested Sue Lowden for the GOP Senate race to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada in November.
  • California Rep. Jane Harman (Democrat) maintained her early lead and beat out peace activist Marcy Winograd.
  • Betsy Butler (Equality California Institute Board Member) won the Democratic bid for CA State Assembly
  • Mike Gatto overcame an ad attacking his support for same sex marriage to also win a bid for California State Assembly.
  • Karen Bass (Former Assembly Speaker in CA) won over 85% of the votes in her bid to succeed Rep. Diane Watson in the 33rd Congressional District.
  • Holly Mitchell won over 43% of the vote to fill Bass' CA State Assembly seat vacated in the 47th District.  She'll be on the ballot in November with Republican Lady Cage and Libertarian Sean P. McGrary.
Looking forward to the campaigning for the November 2010 elections!

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