Voters in Tampa, Florida voted their first openly gay mayor into office Tuesday night by a significant margin.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, retired police chief Jane Castor earned 73 percent of the vote to claim victory in the runoff.

Neither Castor or her opponent David Straz ran under a political party affiliation.

Castor served as Tampa’s police chief from 2009-2015.

“No matter what we went through, no matter what obstacle was put in our way, we never lost our focus on the issues that mattered,” Castor said, according to the Times.

Straz, a retired banker, told his supporters Tuesday night it is time to stand with the city’s new mayor.

“If you want the best for Tampa, you want Jane Castor to succeed as mayor,” he said, the Times reported.

The March 5 general election ended without any of the six candidates earning at least 50 percent of the vote, which triggered Tuesday’s runoff between Castor and Straz.

Castor worked for the Tampa Police Department for 31 years.

Another openly gay mayor, Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is running for president.


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