Rep. Mondea Jones (DN.Y.), who made history as one of the first gay black men elected to the House of Representatives in 2020, trailed two rivals in a crowded primary. I’ve seen hopes for re-election fade.
Jones has previously served in the 17th District in the House, but Sean Patrick Maloney, another Congressman who serves in New York’s 18th District, announced in July that he would be running in the 17th District for re-election. Did. Rather than challenge Maloney or Democratic Rep. Jamal Bowman for the 16th, Jones chose to move to Brooklyn and run for the 10th.
The race was too close to call on Thursday morning. With 98% of the vote, Dan Goldman, who served as an adviser to the House Democratic Party in the 2019 impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, led with his 25.7% of the vote, followed by State Rep. Eurene Niou. Mr. is leading by a narrow margin. 23.7%. Jones was third with 18.2% of the vote.
Jones has not yet issued a statement and has not responded to a request for comment.
In 2020, Jones and Democrat Richie Torres, who won New York’s 15th congressional district, were elected to the first openly LGBTQ black Congressional seats.
“Growing up black and gay means seeing yourself nowhere,” Jones told The Washington Post last year. “That’s why representation matters. If I had seen openly gay black people in the halls of Congress when I was a kid, it would have been living proof that things were really getting better.”
During his time in Congress, Jones was co-chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. He has also served on the House Judiciary, Ethics, and Education and Labor Committees.
On Tuesday, Jones celebrated President Joe Biden’s announcement that he would cancel $10,000 in federal student loans if he earned less than $125,000. Biden said he “supported our call to provide relief to the millions of Americans who need justice in an economy that leaves too many behind.” Thank you for listening,” he said. young people in the back. “
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday that Jones was “a respected progressive voice in the Capitol and a relentless fighter for working families.”
“House Democrats appreciate Rep. Jones’ leadership.”
Anise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a political action committee aimed at increasing the number of openly LGBTQ public servants, said Jones’ primary election results were “very sad for the LGBTQ community.” rice field.
“Congress lost a fierce advocate and LGBTQ pioneer who used all of his political power to fight for a fairer, just America,” Parker said in a statement. I look forward to supporting Mondale’s continued work in and his future advocacy. We look forward to continuing our partnership and friendship.”
According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, there are nine LGBTQ lawmakers in the House, including Jones, and two LGBTQ lawmakers in the Senate, all Democrats.
The number of LGBTQ elected officials increased by nearly 6% last year, according to a recent report from the LGBTQ Victory Institute, a nonprofit that provides training to LGBTQ people who want to run for office.
Despite that increase, elected LGBTQ MPs at all levels of government account for just 0.2% of elected MPs. To achieve equitable representation, voters will need to elect an additional 35,854 LGBTQ people, according to the Victory Institute.
At least 101 LGBTQ people have run or are running for Congress this year. That’s more than any other election cycle in history – according to the Institute’s report.
Some candidates will make history if elected. For example, state senator Becca Balint won the Democratic primary this month to win Vermont’s only seat in the House of Representatives. She is endorsed to win the general election, and if she is elected, she will be the first LGBTQ person in her life and the first woman elected to Congress from Vermont.
Minnesota’s Lee Fink won the Democratic primary for the state legislature earlier this month. If she wins, she will be the first to prove she is transgender in the Minnesota legislature.
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