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Palm Springs City Council – All LGBT – Sworn In

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By    |   Friday, 08 Dec 2017 07:41 AM

Palm Springs city council is now all LGBT after its newest members were sworn in Wednesday after November's historic election in the California city.

Lisa Middleton, a transgender female, and Christy Holstege, who identifies as bisexual, took the oath in city council chambers, the Palm Springs Desert Sun reported.

Middleton, the former senior vice president of internal affairs for the State Compensation Insurance Fund, and Holstege, an attorney, join Mayor Robert Moon, and council members Geoff Kors and J.R. Roberts, all gay men, on the council, CBS News reported.

"I'm excited and ready to work for the people," Holstege said after her swearing-in ceremony, according to the Desert Sun. "I will not breach that trust you’ve invested in me."

Middleton, the first open transgender individual elected to a non-judicial office in California, acknowledged the progress made for the LGBT community in the city during her remarks, KESQ-TV reported.

"The kind of actions that made my election possible took place over the last 15-20 years in this city," Middleton said, according to KESQ-TV. "I am thrilled to have an opportunity to represent Palm Springs and Palm Springs values throughout this state and throughout this country."

Former Palm Springs city council members Ginny Foat and Chris Mills had announced earlier this year that they would not run for re-election, CBS News said. In November's at-large election, Middleton and Holstege emerged as the top vote-getters, winning 30.9 percent 30.08 percent, respectively, the network stated.

Middleton, who was a Palm Springs planning commissioner before her election to council, said she would concentrate on the city's budget after passage of a half-cent sales tax measure and pursue updates to the general plan and zoning codes, the Desert Sun reported.

Holstege, whose law work focused on housing, social security disability, and workers' rights, said she wanted to work on homelessness and Palm Springs' affordable housing stock, the newspaper added.

"It takes a diverse voice," Holstege said, per KESQ-TV. "I work to make a living in Palm Springs. I want to raise kids here, and I think that's important. I have to represent all of us, each and every one of us who lives in Palm Springs and I'm really looking forward to build a Palm Springs that works for all of us."

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