Meet Adrian Tam, the gay man who defeated a ‘proud boys’ leader in Hawaii elections

Adrian Tam was not worried for himself during the election campaign in Hawaii, he said. Instead, he was concerned for the safety of his volunteers and supporters, wearing shirts and masks bearing his name, as his opponent was Nick Ochs, the leader of a Hawaiian section of the far-right paramilitary group. the Proud Boys.

“Fortunately, nothing bad happened,” Tam, 28, told The Daily Beast. “We were greeted with happiness and joy by the people.” Tam was ultimately victorious in his attempt to represent District 22 – spanning Waikiki, Ala Moana, and Kakaako on Oahu – in the Hawaii House of Representatives. He won the seat with 63% of the vote and is now the Statehouse’s sole LGBTQ representative.

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