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|Gay Decatur City Commissioner unopposed for reelection|
|by Laura Douglas-Brown|
|September 03, 2011 09:59|
Kecia Cunningham, who in 1999 became Georgia's first African-American openly gay elected official, is unopposed in her bid for another four-year term on the Decatur City Commission.
Cunningham represents District 2, Post B, on the nonpartisan commission in the gay-popular Atlanta suburb. The official candidate qualifying period for November's election began on Monday and ended Friday afternoon.
No candidates qualified to run against Cunningham, according to a post by Decatur Metro. During her time on the commission, Cunningham was a leading proponent of the city adopting a domestic partner benefits policy for its employees.
There are currently at least 12 openly gay elected officials serving in Georgia, including three other African-Americans: State Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta), Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner and State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta).
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