Craig Lowe Certified as Winner in Gainesville, FL Mayoral Race


Openly gay candidate Craig Lowe, who beat his opponent Don Marsh in the Gainesville, Florida mayoral race by a margin of 35 votes despite being the target of vicious anti-gay attacks, picked up an additional seven votes in the recount for a margin of 42 and was certified the winner this afternoon, Towleroad has learned.


  1. Lucas Gomez says

    Congrats, Mayor Lowe. Gainesville joins Chapel Hill as college towns with openly gay mayors.

  2. Chapeau says

    @Lucas :: And in both of your examples – I’d bet dollars to donuts without the *college* in these towns – this would not be so. :>)

    Education is Key to Acceptance.

  3. NewJerseyGirl says


    As in all states, unless students re-register to vote IN Florida, going to college IN Florida means nothing to the ballot box. And non-event/off-year elections tend to bring out even fewer voters than a national election.

    I’d say that this guy won BECAUSE of the nasty adverts and criticism leveled on him by Republican/TeaBaggers.

    BTW: This happening in conservative Florida does not bode well for TeaBaggers nation-wide: An OUT GAY MAN beat a Republican/TeaBagger.

    Which leads me to conclude: BWHAHAHAHAHAH!

  4. Tom Nunnery says

    What has Craig Lowe’s election have to do with his sexual orientation? The straight community needs to grow up.

  5. Alex says

    It’s like a mini-Houston! Nice to see two gay southern mayors withstand this type of campaign attacks.