For some states, this year’s elections are historically diverse

Nov 10, 2022, 2:00 PM

diverse elections...

Empty voting booths are seen during Primary Election Day August 23, 2022 in Brooklyn. Here are some of the things to watch out for during and after the 2022 midterm election (Michael M. Santiago /Getty Images)

(Michael M. Santiago /Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — From either end of the country, history is being made as more diverse candidates are winning elections and positions in politics. 

Diversity in east coast state elections

Along the east coast, Massachusetts championed a new governor. Not only is Maura Healey the first woman to hold the position, but she is also the first openly lesbian governor in the U.S. 

Similarly, Kathy Hochul will be the first female governor of New York.

Just further down in the Old Line State, Wes Moore made history in Maryland. Moore will serve as the first elected Black governor in the state. Alongside him is his running-mate, Aruna Miller, the first Indian-American and immigrant woman to be Lt. Governor of Maryland.

Next door in Pennsylvania, Summer Lee will take on the role of the first Black governor. 

Maxwell Frost is adding a different kind of diversity in Florida. In addition to being the first African Cuban to serve in congress, he is also the first from Generation Z to serve at just 25 years old. 

Election diversity in the West

Across the county and into the mountains, Robert Garcia has become the first openly gay immigrant elected to California’s congress. 

Right here in the Beehive state history is also in the making. Ogden is welcoming a second person of color onto their school board. 

Stacy Bernal had a major win in the District 2 seat over the two-term incumbent, Doug Barker. Her campaign promised to continue her diversity and inclusion efforts, specifically helping special needs students.

Presumptive Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera is taking a major lead in the polls over her opponent Nicholas Roberts.

Winning the position would continue Rivera’s role as Utah’s first female sheriff, a role that she has held since 2017. 

As more diverse candidates step into positions of authority, diversity activists say a more accurate population of the U.S. is represented. 

“Diversity widens viewpoints and takes different ideas and perspectives into account,” says Diversity for Social Impact, “creating richer solutions, obtaining better results and maximizing productivity, innovation and creativity.”

Related reading: At least 147,000 ballots still need to be counted in Salt Lake County election

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Politics + Government

View of Salt Lake City pictured, governor is cracking down on denver sending immigrants to utah...

Aimee Cobabe

Utah governor’s office pushing back against Denver for bussing immigrants to Utah

Gov. Spencer Cox's office says that the City of Denver did not consult with them about sending immigrants to Utah.

23 hours ago

The Capitol is pictured in Salt Lake City, the governor hascalled a special session...

Sam Herrera and Jessica Lowell

Gov. Cox calls special legislative session to be held on Juneteenth

The special legislative session happens on Juneteenth. The governor's office said it would observe Juneteenth on Monday rather than Wednesday.

1 day ago

A Biden-Harris campaign sign is seen among signs for other Utah Democratic Party candidates during ...

Eric Cabrera

Stealing campaign signs could get you a misdemeanor charge

Police say stealing campaign signs from your neighbor's lawn could cost you a misdemeanor, or even the right to vote.

1 day ago

Image of GOP primary candidates for Utah's 1st Congressional District, Paul Miller (left) and the i...

Curt Gresseth

Utah’s GOP primary: Miller challenging Moore in 1st District

In the Republican primary, Paul Miller is challenging incumbent Rep. Blake Moore for Utah's 1st Congressional District.

1 day ago

As the push to the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate heats up, one candidate appears to ...

Daniel Woodruff, ksl.com

Brad Wilson appears to be pulling back in U.S. Senate race

As the push to the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate heats up, Brad Wilson appears to be slowing down.

2 days ago

This combo image shows President Joe Biden, left, Jan. 5, 2024, and Republican presidential candida...

Heather Peterson

Presidential election approaches, and Utah has donated more to Biden

As the 2024 presidential election approaches, donations for President Joe Biden's campaign in Utah are outpacing those of Donald Trump.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...


Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

For some states, this year’s elections are historically diverse