There were some firsts last night and one giant leap in Colorado. Voters in the Centennial State elected Jared Polis, a gay man, to be Governor.
Colorado’s Jared Polis on track to become country’s first openly gay governor: “We proved that we’re an inclusive state that values every contribution regardless of someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.” https://t.co/jWOqmcL0sO #ElectionNight pic.twitter.com/ceB6OOgUXN
— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018
Polis, a Democrat who has served in the House of Representatives since 2009, did not attempt to hide his sexual orientation on the campaign trail, and sometimes used it to emphasize the contrast between himself and President Donald Trump’s administration.
“I think it really gives Colorado an opportunity to stick a thumb in the eye of Mike Pence, whose view of America is not as inclusive as where America is today,” Polis told Colorado Democrats during a speech this year.
Polis gave an inspiring victory speech saying:
“Tonight we reaffirm what an amazing state we live in. In Colorado we dream, we dare and we do. Whether it’s embracing big ideas or hiking our big mountains, we don’t back down when we something is challenging. We see problems as opportunities in our state of Colorado.”
Watch his speech above.