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|Ousted gay Milton council member files legal complaint over 'homophobic' robocalls|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|November 11, 2011 17:27|
Alan Tart, the openly gay Milton City Council member who lost his reelection bid on Nov. 8 to challenger Lance Large, has filed a complaint with the Georgia Secretary of State's Elections Division. Tart alleges two robocalls that went out the night before the election included one that illegally impersonated him as well as falsely represented they were from his campaign.
The robocall from the man, according to Tart, stated, "I am the only openly gay Democrat in North Fulton and it’s important to re-elect Alan Tart so that a progressive voice is heard on the city council. As cited in the GA Voice, ATL Progressive News, and Project Q magazines, Alan, as a progressive who is openly gay, is in a tight race against a conservative Republican Lance Large. Make sure to re-elect Alan Tart to keep a Democratic voice in a sea of Republicans."
Tart was elected to the Milton City Council in 2007 after the conservative North Fulton city was incorporated. He lost his bid for a second term on Nov. 8 to opponent Large by a 56.6 percent to 43 percent margin.
However, most people did not know he was gay until the Atlanta Progressive News reported it first followed by a report by gay blog Project Q Atlanta.
Photo: Milton City Council member Alan Tart. (file)
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