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|Gay challenger fails in bid to unseat LGBT ally in Ga. House District 59|
|Written by Laura Douglas-Brown|
|Tuesday, 31 July 2012 21:25|
With 52 percent of precincts reporting, State Rep. Margaret Kaiser appears to be cruising to reelection in State House District 59. Kaiser, an LGBT rights ally, has 80.11 percent of the vote, compared to 19.89 percent for openly gay challenger William Phelps, according to unofficial results from the Fulton elections office.
With no Republican on the ballot, today's Democratic primary will decide who gets the seat.
The vote could prove controversial after some Fulton County voters were directed to the wrong precincts and may have voted the wrong ballots, but Kaiser's lead is substantial.
Georgia Equality and Atlanta Stonewall Democrats endorsed Kaiser, who was first elected in 2006. She graduated from Emory University and has worked in constituent affairs with the Secretary of State and also The Carter Center. She’s currently president of her family’s business, Kaiser Dough and Pizza Concepts, which owns Grant Central and Grant Central East Pizza.
Phelps, who is gay, served in the Marines from 2002 to 2010, including a deployment to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom (helping with logistics) from March 2008 to November 2008. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Operation Enduring Freedom Medal for outstanding military service.
Now as a disabled veteran, Phelps is a mentor for disabled veterans, university students and is a supporter of veterans’ rights, rehabilitation and services.
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