File - Palestinian-born Raed Saleh poses for a photo prior to an interview with The Associated Press, in Berlin Sept. 29, 2014. (AP/Markus Schreiber)
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Berlin's mayor broke new ground 13 years ago by winning election after coming out as gay.Saleh joined the center-left Social Democrats – the party of the current mayor, Klaus Wowereit – at 18, and rose steadily up the local party hierarchy.The mayor will be elected by the Berlin state parliament in December.Saleh's chances are hard to gauge in a battle with local party chairman Jan Stoess and City Development Minister Michael Mueller, the best known of three candidates who are hardly household names.Saleh said in a letter to party members that he has heard questions about whether Berlin is ready for a mayor with immigrant roots.
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