VIEW PHOTOS | Georgia Equality Membership Appreciation & Candidate Mixer @ Frogs

imageA handful of candidates facing voters on Nov. 2 made their closing arguments to LGBT voters on Sunday as Georgia Equality toasted its endorsed candidates and thanked its supporters.

The statewide gay rights group hosted a Membership Appreciation & Candidate Mixer at Frogs Cantina, one of several political events in the days leading up to the general election. Four of Georgia Equality’s endorsed candidates were on hand—Joan Garner, Fulton County Commission; Chloe Dallaire, Futon Superior Court, Chris McFadden, Georgia Court of Appeals; and Denise Warner, DeKalb Superior Court.

Garner won the Democratic primary and faces no Republican opponent in the General Election, meaning she will become the Fulton Commission’s first openly gay member. She is among several legislative candidates endorsed by Georgia Equality. Others include:

imageMaryline Blackburn, State House District 34
Stacey Evans, State House District 40
Mike Jacobs, State House District 80
Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, State House District 85
Darshun Kendrick, State House District 94
Curt Thompson, State Senate District 5
Steve Henson, State Senate District 41
Steffini Bethea, State Senate District 106
John Eaves, Fulton County Commission Chair

Dallaire, McFadden and Warner are among six judicial candidates endorsed by the group. The others include:

Matt Wilson, Georgia Supreme Court
David Barrett, Enotah Judicial Circuit Superior Court
Robert James, DeKalb District Attorney

Jeff Graham (top photo), Georgia Equality’s executive director, also announced that lesbian and former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard will serve as the group’s lobbyist for the General Assembly session when it opens in January. Graham said the group’s top priority is pursuing hate crimes legislation. 

On Tuesday, several LGBT groups – Georgia Equality, AID Atlanta, YouthPride, Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative and the Human Rights Campaign – will host a panel discussion on the governor’s race. Get the Real Deal on What’s at Stake in the 2010 Georgia Gubernatorial Election!, set for 7 p.m., will focus on the race between Barnes and Nathan Deal, the former Congressman who ran an anti-gay campaign during the Republican primary last summer. Georgia Equality has launched a campaign against Deal’s campaign.