Madison, Milwaukee get first elected LGBTQ city officials
MILWAUKEE — The cities of Madison and Milwaukee have their first LGBTQ of their respective city councils, local media reported on Wednesday.
According to The Cap Times in Madison, UW-Madison student Max Prestigiacomo, 18, was elected to District 8, which largely represents students at the large university. They are both the first LGBTQ person on the council and the youngest person on the cancel. They told the newspaper they plan to “resurrect a proud District 8 tradition of being the most progressive alder at the table.”
JoCasta Zamarripa was chosen for District 8 in Wisconsin’s largest city. The Milwaukee Independent reported that she is both the first Latina on the city council and the first out LGBTQ person on it.
“I fully understand that I take office during a global pandemic that is challenging our community like never before. I will make it my top priority to keep our community healthy and safe and help folks recover from the economic hardship we are dealing with,” said Zamarripa. “I will advocate for taking all necessary steps to make sure none of our residents have to choose between participating in our democracy or risking their lives ever again.”
District 8 in Milwaukee has a mostly Hispanic population.