If This Republican Wins Mikulski’s Senate Seat, He’ll Make History

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Chrys Kefalas
Kefalas, advocating for gay marriage in Maryland in 2011.

Chrysovalantis Kefalas is the first Republican to announce an exploratory committee to run for Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski’s Senate seat. And if he wins, he’ll become the first Republican to enter Congress as openly gay.

As deputy legal counsel to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, he advised the governor on clemency matters. So despite this being his first campaign, Kefalas asserts he has “experience in making tough decisions that affect people’s lives.” He was a vocal supporter of gay marriage in Maryland.

Kefalas told the Washington Post that his big issues are lower taxes, ending mandatory sentencing minimums, education, and community services.



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