It's been a long day since I opened the polls at 6:00 AM working for our friend Chris Stuart in his successful bid for a seat on Hampton City Council. Chris' aunt and uncle are dear friends of ours and early on Chris impressed me with his desire to represent all Hampton's citizens. Among other things he attended a HRBOR meeting and read all of the materials I sent him on LGBT issues and why it is in the City's interest to nurture the "creative class," including making Hampton more welcoming for LGBT Virginians. As researcher Richard Florida has documented, a high level of gay acceptance correlates with more high tech businesses and more members of the so-called creative class. A sincere thank you to all local readers who supported Chris at the polls. More coverage on the election is available at the Daily Press here.