Maura Healey Is First Gay Woman Elected Massachusetts Governor Indian American Aruna Miller Also Makes History
First Gay Woman Elected Massachusetts Governor: The results of the US Midterm elections are coming out. For the first time in Massachusetts, a lesbian woman has been elected governor. Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey has become the first female and openly gay governor of Massachusetts.
Haley, 51, defeated Republican Geoff Diehl, a former state representative and had the support of former President Donald Trump. The Democrats return to office in Massachusetts after eight years since Haley became governor.
Maura Haley won by such a huge margin of votes
Maura Haley defeated her rival Jeff Diel by a margin of 5,89,730 votes. Haley got 63.2 percent or 13,32,695 votes, while Dial got 35.2 percent or 7,42,965 votes. Kevin Reid of the Libertarian Party got 1.6 percent of the vote. He got a total of 33,703 votes.
Prior to this, Charlie Baker, the Republican Party’s governor for the last eight years in Massachusetts, had decided not to contest. In addition to Haley, the Democrats from Oregon fielded another gay candidate Tina Kotek in the governor’s race. Kotak was leading with 46 per cent of the votes in the results till the filing of this news.
Haley contested the elections with these promises
In the election campaign, Haley made issues for expanding job training programs, making child care more affordable, modernizing schools, and access to safe and legal abortion in Massachusetts. Haley was elected as the nation’s first openly gay attorney general eight years ago. It was believed that Massachusetts was cursed that no attorney general could become its governor. That’s because, since 1958, eight Massachusetts attorney generals have contested for governor and lost.
Maura Haley has been elected the first female governor of Massachusetts, but she is not the first to serve in office. In 2001, then-lieutenant governor Jane Swift was made acting governor of Massachusetts when Paul Selussy resigned to become ambassador to Canada. Swift was never elected governor.
Indian origin Aruna Miller also created history
Indian-American leader Aruna Miller has won the election of lieutenant governor in Maryland. Here she has become the first immigrant to do so. Soon after her victory, Miller tweeted, “When I came to this country in 1972, I never stopped being excited about the promise I made to America. I will never stop fighting to make sure that promise is for all and that promise begins with a commitment to building a Maryland where we leave no one behind.” Aruna Miller, 58, originally from is from Hyderabad. She was only seven years old when her family shifted to America.
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