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‘Rainbow Wave' Takes Out Mike Delph

Challenger J.D. Ford becomes Indiana’s first openly gay state senator

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Senate District 29

Incumbent Sen. Mike Delph, Republican, and Democratic challenger J.D. Ford.

In a major upset, Democrat J.D. Ford ousted incumbent Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel on Tuesday.

Delph has represented District 29 in the Indiana Senate since 2005. As was the case in 2014, he was once again being challenged by Ford.

During that midterm election, Ford came up almost 10 percent shy.

But, not this time.

According to the Indiana Secretary of State's office, Ford led Delph 53 percent (22,756 votes) to 47 percent (20,197 votes) as of 11 p.m.

Delph worked for years against same-sex marriage. In 2014, he pursued a procedural move to try to put a ban on civil unions back into a constitutional marriage amendment.

Ford is now the first openly LGBTQ person ever elected to the Indiana General Assembly.

Indiana was one of the few states in the nation to have never elected an openly LGBTQ person to its state legislature. Currently just four openly LGBTQ elected officials serve in the entire state.

LGBTQ Victory Fund made Ford one of its “Spotlight” candidates to raise awareness about the race, directly contributed $2,500, and raised more than $4,000 for his campaign.

“The Rainbow Wave has arrived in Indiana in a spectacular way,” stated Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Tonight [is] a milestone moment for a state that was one of the few to have never elected an openly LGBTQ state legislator. But tonight Indiana voters made clear they will support LGBTQ candidates like J.D. who are determined to lead with solutions and have a clear passion for public service. We are certain J.D.’s victory tonight will inspire other LGBTQ Indianans to run for office and serve their communities.”

 

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