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Out candidates make good.

Among significant wins for gay and lesbian candidates in the November 4 elections, Ron Oden's stood out. The Palm Springs, Calif., councilman won the city's mayoral race to become one of the first openly gay black mayors in the country. Additional gay and lesbian victories gave Palm Springs a majority gay city council for the first time.

Elsewhere, Adam Ebbin became the first openly gay member of Virginia's house of delegates, and Tom Rasmussen won a city council seat in Seattle.

Jim Morrison, a former star of ABC's The Mole who was criticized by fellow Democrats for his participation in "prettiest penis" contests, lost his race for the New Jersey senate, and openly gay San Francisco mayoral candidates Tom Ammiano and Susan Leal placed fourth and fifth among a field of eight.
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Title Annotation:Election; gay and lesbian political candidates
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 9, 2003
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