Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Historical Women's Election Milestones In California Tonight

While I was watching the speech in which Secretary Clinton claimed a historic political win in Brooklyn, she wasn't the only woman making electoral history tonight.

3000 miles away on the Left Coast three diverse women in California also made political history

In the California US senate primary to replace the retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), California Democrats were ecstatic to note that the senate seat will stay in Democratic hands because two women emerged to get the top two spots in the primary.

The two Democratic women who emerged from the crowded 34 candidate primary field to replace Sen. Boxer are California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez.  

Harris was favored to win the primary, and she didn't disappoint, taking 40% of the votes and leading Sanchez by over 800,000 votes. Rep. Sanchez, with 17% of the vote is comfortably ahead of the third place Republican candidate Duf Sundheim, who has only 9% of it, so it is she and Harris who will square off November 8 for the seat

If Harris repeats her performance this fall, she would become only the second African-American woman ever elected to the US senate and the first since Sen. Carol Moseley Braun in 1992.  If Sanchez wins, she would become the first ever Latina US senator.

One of our trans sisters also made electoral history tonight as well.. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowski was reelected by the voters for another term as judge.  

Judge Kolakowski made history in 2010 when she became the first elected trans trial judge.  

What was even more wonderful about this is that she was unopposed for reelection.  She also serves as president of the International Association of LGBT Judges.

Congrats Your Honor!

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