If you’re Alex Wan, you’ve got much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. He hits the final days of the runoff campaign with more endorsements to feed the mojo needed to get supporters to the polls on Tuesday.
But his collection of endorsements—which grew by two in the last few days—doesn’t include this trophy: Adoration from Creative Loafing. The pub instead backed Liz Coyle in its guide to the runoffs this week. Wan snatched 32 percent of the vote Nov. 3, but it wasn’t enough to grab the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council without a runoff or convince the Loaf that he should their backing.
Coyle has the experience and know-how to hit the ground running. A communications professional and married mother of two, Coyle’s been involved — and sometimes led — nearly every community organization in the district. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the city who’s devoted more time and energy to brainstorming ordinances and pushing for neighborhood improvements. In 2006, she was the public face of the neighborhood’s successful opposition to Gwinnett County developer Wayne Mason’s plans for two 30-story towers at 10th and Monroe. When the state and Amtrak threatened earlier this year to assume control of tracks along Piedmont Park’s eastern border for a commuter rail line — and imperil the Beltline in the process — she led rallies and helped thwart their efforts.
The Loaf endorsement is about the only one Wan hasn’t received in his quest to become the first openly gay man and Asian-American man on city council. He’s gotten bipartisan backing from Atlanta Stonewall Democrats and Georgia Log Cabin Republicans.
On Nov. 11, Wan announced the endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which like Georgia Equality, sat out the District 6 campaign until after the runoff despite three gay candidates among the field of six. Georgia Equality endorsed Wan Nov. 5, two days after the election.
On Nov. 6, the influential business group the Buckhead Coalition backed Wan and Nov. 10, Charlie Stadtlander also endorsed him. Stadtlander dropped out of the District 6 race in April to run for the Atlanta Board of Education. He lost the District 3 race to incumbent Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, 56 to 44 percent.
Former opponents in the District 6 race are also putting their weight behind Wan.
On Nov. 12, Steve Brodie, the gay man who nearly unseated incumbent Anne Fauver for the seat in 2005, endorsed Wan. Brodie placed a disappointing fourth in the six-person race Nov. 3, scoring less than half the votes he did four years ago in a two-person contest. Miguel Gallegos, the third gay man in the field of six, has also endorsed Wan.
Now Tad Christian, who finished a close third, endorsed Wan. The campaign announced the support of the stay-at-home dad and neighborhood activist in Morningside on Monday.
“Alex and I may not agree on every issue, but we do agree that the City needs a clear plan to address reducing the property tax burden for homeowners and supporting strong law enforcement,” Christian says in a statement released by the campaign. “I believe Alex’s business background and financial experience positions him best to address these challenges. And, more importantly, I know that Alex will always be willing to listen and to try to find ways for people with different points of view to work together.”
Wan also picked up the support of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Local 623, which backed Brodie in the Nov. 3 race.
“Alex has clearly demonstrated that public safety is a top priority for him,” Sgt. Scott Kreher, president of Local 623, says in a statement from the campaign. “His business experience and financial background will help the city generate the financial resources needed to strengthen our police force and improve officer morale. We know we can count on him as the District 6 councilperson to listen to us and hear our concerns on an ongoing basis.”
Finally—we told you Wan had much to be thankful for—the Atlanta Realtors Political Action Committee also says Wan is their man. The PAC is a collection of members from trade groups Atlanta Board of Realtors and Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors that represent more than 9,000 members.
“Alex brings a lot to the table as a candidate,” Furman Wood, chair of Atlanta RPAC, says in a statement from the campaign. “He has the perfect mix of expertise in business, passion for the community, and enthusiasm for service. His commitment to public safety, financial discipline, economic development, and the protection of property rights are perfectly aligned with our associations’ goal of helping to make Atlanta a world-class place to live, work, and play.”
Wan will be fêted by gay supporters for the last time on Sunday during a rally at Amsterdam.