The US state of Massachusetts Democratic attorney general, Maura Healey, has been elected governor, making history as the nation’s first openly lesbian governor. As the new governor of Massachusetts, she is also the first woman to be elected to the position.
Healey defeated the Republican Geoff Diehl, a former state representative who had the endorsement of Donald Trump.
LGBTQ+ rights group the Human Rights Campaign hailed Ms Healey’s historic victory.
“Massachusetts embraced a platform of equality and inclusion by electing a pro-equality champion,” the organization’s interim president Joni Madison, said in a statement.
Healey addressed supporters at a downtown Boston hotel after her victory Tuesday night.
“To those who voted for me and to those who didn’t I want you to know that I’ll be a governor for everyone and I’ll work with anyone who’s up for making a difference in this state,” Healey said.
Healey also addressed the historic nature of her win.
“Tonight I want to say something to every little girl and every young LGBTQ person out there. I hope tonight shows you that you can be whatever, whoever you want to be and nothing and no one can ever get in your way except you own imagination and that’s not going to happen.” Healey said.
“I stand before you tonight proud to be the first woman and the first gay person ever elected governor of Massachusetts,” she added.