The city of Wilton Manors, in South Florida will have an all-gay City Commission and a newly elected gay Mayor after Tuesday’s election.
Commissioner Justin Flippen was elected mayor, while the outgoing mayor, Gary Resnick, won a commissioner seat. Paul Rolli won the second commissioner seat in a four-candidate race.
The two other commissioners who form the five-person body, Julie Carson and Tom Green, are in the middle of their terms.
Commissioner Scott Newton, the only straight member of the commission, lost his re-election bid.
Data from the 2010 U.S. Census showed that Wilton Manors has the second-highest percentage of gay couples — behind Provincetown, Mass. — in the country.
Wilton Manors is the second city in the United States to have a city council with all gay members, after Palm Springs, California.
Tuesday’s election will also give Florida more openly gay and lesbian state legislators — three of 160 — than it’s had before.
Jennifer Webb, a Gulfport Democrat, became the first open lesbian elected to the state House of Representatives.
State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, the state’s first openly gay Latino legislator, won a second term on Tuesday.
State Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, who became the state’s first openly gay black legislator when he came out in August, didn’t have any opposition in his re-election bid.