FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Taylor Vanover is not your typical candidate for Fort Wayne City Council.
The 21-year-old is openly gay, and is running as a Republican.
“That’s my identity, I mean, that’s who I am, and you know, it’s pretty exciting that I’ll possibly be the first openly gay Republican councilman, so yeah, I’m excited to be a part of inclusivity in our party,” Vanover tells our Partners in News at ABC 21.
He has support from Indiana Congressman Jim Banks, who hosted a fundraiser for Vanover Wednesday night, and says he thinks Taylor will be among a number of “prominent gay Republicans” on the scene.
Vanover has no opponent in the May primary and will face Democrat Geoff Paddock for the 5th district seat in November.