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|Gay Milton City Council member seeks re-election|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|August 05, 2011 13:59|
Alan Tart, the openly gay Milton City Council member, announced this week he is seeking his second term in the socially conservative and affluent city located in northern Fulton County.
Milton was incorporated as a city in 2006 and Tart was elected to the City Council in 2007.
“I wanted people to know that I was a man running for council and happened to be gay, and proud to be gay … I knew from the onset that I did not want to hide who I was. I’m proud of who I am. But I did not want sexuality to be at the forefront of the job,” he said in an interview in June.
Tart did not seek endorsements from such groups as Georgia Equality in his first campaign and said he won't be asking for the state's largest LGBT advocacy group's endorsement for this race.
"At this point in my campaign, I am not planning to seek the endorsement of any non-Milton citizen associations, developers, political parties, or political action groups. Not only do I walk a legal fine line with what I can and cannot do as an elected official who also works for the federal government, I continue to think that the majority of Milton's citizens respect elected officials who commit to running grassroots campaigns close to the citizenry they represent," he said this week.
"I will continue to be a defender of the equal treatment, representation, and involvement of every citizen in Milton's government, regardless of gender, race, age, religion, ethnic background, position, or sexual orientation. I do not feel the endorsement of LGBT organizations is necessary to advance this objective. In fact, the decisions and appointments I have made to date (and will continue to make when re-elected) reflect this value," he added.
To find out more about Tart, visit his website at http://alantart4milton.com.
Tart has one announced opponent, Lance Large.
Photo: Alan Tart, openly gay Milton City Councilmember, announced this week he is seeking a second term. (Courtesy photo)
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