Gary Cloutier Declared “Unofficial Winner” in Vallejo Mayoral Race

Openly gay Vallejo, California Councilman Gary Cloutier was declared the “unofficial winner” in the city’s tight mayoral race on Tuesday, just hours after he apologized for an embarrassing weekend public intoxication arrest in Palm Springs.

Gary_cloutierThe Vallejo Times-Herald reports, “The 45-year-old Cloutier, who has served on the council since 1999, was arrested early Sunday after officers found him sitting alone in the driver’s seat of a friend’s Cadillac in Palm Springs. Police said he was clearly intoxicated, and was pulling out of his parking spot when stopped. He was not, however, charged with an attempted DUI. Cloutier said [yesterday] morning he made a mistake ‘I deeply regret’ and also said, ‘I accept full responsibility for my actions and make no excuses.’ He said he will work hard to restore confidence that his friends and colleagues may have lost in him. He said ‘thank you’ and wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving.”

Two hours later, election officials declared Cloutier the winner in his neck-and-neck race against Osby Davis, according to the SF Chronicle: “Gary Cloutier beat former Solano County Supervisor Osby Davis by a hair-thin 5,722 to 5,718 votes, according to final results from the Nov. 6 election. Solano County Assistant Registrar of Voters Lindsey McWilliams said he expects to certify the results as final on Monday. The mayor’s race had been a virtual dead heat since election day, when Cloutier and Davis were tied in their bids to lead the Bay Area’s ninth-largest city.”

Davis would have been Vallejo’s first black mayor. Cloutier now appears to be the city’s first gay mayor. Davis says he will ask for a recount.

Gay Vallejo Mayoral Candidate Arrested for Public Intoxication [tr]
Vallejo, California Mayoral Candidates Battle to Be a First for City [tr]
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  1. Derrick from Philly says

    Well, poster “JOHN”, looks like the “typical older gay hedonistic trash” won the election. If I was him, I’d go out and get drunk again…do a little hedonism.

  2. the queen says

    I’ll drink to that, Derrick.

    well at least he admitted he was drunk. not like one of these cocksucking “i’m not gay, i didn’t do anything wrong” republicans.

  3. Zeke says

    When making claims that a person is “the first gay mayor” or the “first gay elected official” I wish people would learn to qualify such statements with the word “openly” as in “openly gay”.

    I seriously doubt that there are many, if any, elected positions anywhere in this country that haven’t been held by a GLB or T person at some point in the position’s history, though many of the GLBT people may have been deeply closeted, married with kids or just not out of the closet beyond close friends and family.

    It may seem like much ado about nothing, but I think the distiction is very important.

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