There’s a New Mayor in Town
Air Force veteran Bruno “Ralphy” Lozanowas elected Mayor of Del Rio, TX last weekend, securing 62% of the vote. The 35-year-old Lozano is both the town’s youngest Mayor and first openly gay official. He previously served as a security law enforcement officer in the Air Force. When he served in the military, he was tasked with the enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The responsibility of sending home troops who just wanted their partners to be able to visit them at the base was “heartbreaking,” he says. “I am not ashamed of who I am, so I chose not to reenlist,” Lozano says. Despite the red state being known for its conservative politics and Republicans dominating statewide offices, Lozano’s sexual orientation bucked the trend and was not an issue during the mayoral campaign in the city of about 41,000 people. In fact, he wore high heels to march in the city’s Veterans Day parade last year -- and there was hardly a peep about it. Lozano ran on a campaign of generational change, government accountability, and promising to help restore the city’s flagging winter-season tourism. More here.