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|Before you vote, check out LGBT endorsements|
|July 30, 2012 13:23|
There are at least eight openly gay candidates running for seats in the Georgia General Assembly — four incumbents and five hopefuls.
Only Georgia’s first openly gay state legislator, state Rep. Karla Drenner, is unopposed, guaranteeing that there will be one out gay voice under the Gold Dome when the new legislative session starts in January.
The General Assembly’s three other openly gay incumbents — state Reps. Simone Bell, Rashad Taylor and Keisha Waites — all face opposition in the Democratic primary.
Thanks to redistricting, Bell and Taylor’s races are particularly hard, as they face fellow Democratic incumbents who have been supportive of LGBT issues. The decision is so difficult between Taylor and state Rep. Pat Gardner, a longtime LGBT ally, that gay political group Georgia Equality chose to sit the race out, believing that both would be equally strong on LGBT rights.
Of the openly gay candidates hoping to join the LGBT caucus in the state legislature, political advocate Ken Britt is the best known and best funded. He too is locked in battle with a politician who has supported LGBT rights, “Able” Mable Thomas.
Gay veteran William Phelps faces an uphill battle in the Democratic primary against LGBT-friendly incumbent Rep. Margaret Kaiser, who was endorsed by Georgia Equality.
Two other openly gay hopefuls — state House District 101 candidate Tim Swiney in Gwinnett County and Senate District 47 candidate Tim Riley in Athens — are unopposed in the Democratic Primary but face Republican opposition in November.
Georgia Equality, the state's largest LGBT political group, and the gay Atlanta Stonewall Democrats have issued endorsements for the July 31 primary election.
Georgia Equality 2012 Primary Endorsements
General Assembly: Democratic Primary
HD 39 - Alisha Thomas Morgan
General Assembly: Republican Primary
HD 97 – Robert McClure
Fulton County State Court – Jane Morrison
Atlanta Stonewall Democrats Primary Endorsements
HD 39 — Alisha Thomas Morgan
SD 44 — Gail Davenport
Clarence Johnson — Fulton Superior Court
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