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|Gay candidate on ballot for May 11 special election for state Senate|
|by Laura Douglas-Brown|
|April 30, 2010 21:02|
When voters go to the polls May 11 for the special election to represent state Senate District 42, their choices will include a candidate who is endorsed by the state's largest gay political group, one who also competed for the group's endorsement and is actively seeking gay votes, and one who is openly gay.
The DeKalb-based seat was left open when former Sen. David Adelman was appointed ambassador to Singapore. The winner will fill the remainder of Adelman's term, which, like all seats in the Georgia General Assembly, is up for election this year.
Candidates for the seat include Democrats Jason Carter and Tom Stubbs, independent Steve Patrick and Libertarian David Montane.
Patrick is openly gay, according to his campaign website (www.electstevepatrick.com) and an email he sent to the Georgia Voice today.
A Mississippi native, Patrick has lived in Dekalb for 22 years, according to his website. He serves as vice president of real estate investment firm Blue Ridge Capital, and has been active in a variety of neighborhood organizations.
"Steve and his partner of 30 years, Curtis, are proud to call LaVista Park; District 42; and DeKalb County 'home'!" his website states.
"As a community leader, I have worked with my neighbors to make a difference; in business I have helped hundreds of small business owners achieve their goals," Patrick says. "As your next state senator, I will listen, respond, and take action on behalf of the citizens in District 42."
Georgia Equality, the state's largest gay political group, has endorsed Jason Carter in the race. Tom Stubbs also competed for the group's endorsement and touts his support of LGBT issues.
Whatever the outcome of the May 11 vote, the candidates appear headed for a rematch. Both Stubbs and Carter qualified this week to run for a full term representing Senate District 42.
Independent candidates did not have to qualify during the April 26-30 window, and Patrick said on his website that he intends to run again as well.
Party primaries are set for July 20 and the general election will be Nov. 2.
-- Dyana Bagby contributed.
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