Maine primary winner could be youngest openly LGBT state lawmaker
Ryan Fecteau emerged victorious in the Democratic primary for Maine's 11th House district on Tuesday, a development that could make him the youngest serving openly LGBT state lawmaker.
“Ryan Fecteau is a dedicated individual who stands out among the newest generation of LGBT leaders,” said Torey Carter, managing director of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. “Considering all that he has accomplished and contributed to his community early on in his career, Ryan’s commitment to public service is unsurpassed.”
Fecteau, 21, led opponent David Flood by a 493 to 263 vote margin with 100% of precincts reporting. Given the Biddeford-based 11th district's heavy Democratic lean, Fecteau is considered the frontrunner in the general election. Should he win in November, Fecteau would take office at the age of 22.
Fecteau attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he served as the first openly gay speaker of the Student Association. Fecteau was instrumental in convincing administrators to recognize a pro-LGBT student organization. He previously served as an elected member of the Biddeford Charter Commission in 2011.