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Friday, November 13, 2020

Autistic Candidates and Office Holders

In The Politics of Autism, I write:  "Support from the general public will be an important political asset for autistic people. Another will be their sheer numbers, since a larger population of identified autistic adults will mean more autistic voters and activists."  Previous posts have discussed autistic officeholders and political candidates in New YorkGeorgiaTexas, and Wisconsin.

But on a positive note, Benham wasn’t the only neurodiverse person to win their state legislative race on Tuesday. Yuh-Line Niou, who is also autistic, won reelection to the New York State Assembly. There have only been three autistic lawmakers to ever serve in a state’s legislature in the United States, a tally which also includes Texas House Representative Briscoe Cain.

In Louisiana, Rob Anderson finished third in his race for Congress

In Upstate New York, Dylan Dailor lost his June primary.