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North Carolina's Openly LGBT Officials

Equality NC knows it's important the the LGBT community be represented in elected and appointed offices at all levels of government to give us a voice and presence in the process. These North Carolinians are openly serving their communities in all corners of the state.

Updated: November 2016

Current Openly LGBT Officials

Cecil Brockman

  • NC House of Representatives - District 60 (elected* 2015-Present)

Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

  • Buncombe County Commissioner (elected 2016-Present)

Jillian Johnson

  • Durham City Council (elected 2015-Present)

Robert Kellogg

  • Gastonia City Council (elected 2015-Present)

Jennifer Knox

  • District Court Judge, District 10 (elected 2004-Present)

Lydia Lavelle

  • Carrboro Mayor (elected 2013-Present)
  • Carrboro Board of Aldermen (elected 2007-2013)

LaWana Mayfield

  • Charlotte City Council (elected 2011-Present)

Damon Seils

  • Carrboro Alderman (elected 2013-Present)

Chris Sgro

  • NC House of Representatives - District 58 (appointed 2016-Present)

Past Openly LGBT Officials

Doug Arbogast

  • Tryon Town Commission (elected 2009-2013)

John Arrowood

  • Court of Appeals Judge (appointed 8/2007-12/2008)
  • Special Superior Court Judge (appointed 3/2007-8/2007)

Julia Boseman

  • NC Senate - District 9 (elected 2005-2011)
  • New Hanover County Commission (elected 2000-2004)

Marcus Brandon

  • NC House of Representatives - District 60 (elected 2010-2015)

Nancy R. Caviness

  • Duck City Council (elected 2003-2009)

Gloria Faley

  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board (elected 1999-2003)

Ernest Fleming

  • Warren County Commission (elected 2006-2010)

Scott Herman

  • Cabarrus Soil & Water Conservation Board (elected 2000-2008)

Joe Herzenberg

  • Chapel Hill City Council (appointed 1980-1981, elected 1987-1993)
  • First openly gay elected official in North Carolina

Carolyn Hutchison

  • Carrboro Police Chief (appointed 1998-Present)

Mark Kleinschmidt

  • Chapel Hill Mayor (elected 2009-2015)
  • Chapel Hill City Council (elected 2001-2009)

Billy Maddalon

  • Charlotte City Council (appointed 2013-2014)

Mike Nelson

  • Orange County Commission (elected 2006-2010)
  • Carrboro Mayor (elected 1995-2005)
  • Carrboro Board of Aldermen (elected 1993-1995)

Janet Pepin

  • Boone City Council (elected 2005-2009)

Elic Senter

  • Franklinton Mayor (elected 2007-2015)

Lee Storrow

  • Chapel Hill Town Council (elected 2011-2015)

Ray Warren

  • Superior Court Judge (elected* 1994-2002)

*came out after election

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