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Blow by blow: 48 hours to Keyser’s mayoral bid

How exactly did Kyle Keyser, the only gay man in the mayoral race, get the money to go from grassroots crime-fighting activist to full-fledged candidate in just two days?    READ MORE »

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Anne Fauver can’t be bothered with Eagle raid

About 20 gay folks crashed the Atlanta City Council's Public Safety Committee meeting Tuesday to amplify the growing chorus of criticism over the police department's Sept. 10 raid of the Eagle.    READ MORE »

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Caesar Mitchell gets endorsement from gay GOP

Ceasar Mitchell picked up the endorsement of the Georgia Log Cabin Republicans, the second gay group to back his City Council president bid this week.    READ MORE »

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Georgia Equality endorses Borders for mayor

UPDATED | 1:13 p.m. Citing her track record on LGBT issues, Georgia Equality on Tuesday endorsed Lisa Borders for mayor. The group also backed Ceasar Mitchell for Atlanta City Council president.    READ MORE »

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Karla Drenner: Kasim Reed’s my man (for mayor)

State Rep. Karla Drenner, the only openly lesbian member of the Georgia General Assembly, has a new man. Figuratively, of course. Drenner endorsed Kasim Reed’s bid for mayor on Thursday.    READ MORE »

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Simone Bell steps up campaign for state House

Lesbian candidate Simone Bell is cranking up her campaign for the District 58 post in the Georgia House, picking up endorsements and readying for two upcoming fundraisers.    READ MORE »

Gay candidate Keyser qualifies for Mayor’s race

Kyle Keyser, the gay activist-turned-candidate for Mayor of Atlanta, has officially qualified for the race. He filed to run at City Hall on Friday (photo) after raising the $4,425 fee through online social networks.    READ MORE »

Gay activst Kyle Keyser runs for mayor

Community organizer and gay crime fighter Kyle Keyser is building on the anti-crime tempest he tapped into this year and now wants to take it to Atlanta City Hall.    READ MORE »

Two Atlanta candidates get Victory Fund nod

imageTwo gay candidates in metro Atlanta picked up endorsements from the Washington, D.C.-based Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund on Thursday.

Simone Bell (photo), a lesbian seeking the District 58 post in the state House, and Eric Morrow, a gay man running for the East Point City Council, were among eight new endorsements issued by the group. Bell and Morrow join three other gay candidates in metro Atlanta that also have the nod from the Victory Fund.

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Kevin Hudson drops out of East Point race

imageWhat's said in May can easily be retracted in August. That's the lesson Kevin Hudson offers this week.

The gay East Point resident dropped out of the race for the Ward A At-Large post on the council after saying in May he would run. Hudson was appointed to the council in May 2007 when the incumbent, Gregory Fann Sr., was suspended during an investigation over his use of city resources. Hudson served about two years and became the council's second openly gay member, joining Lance Rhodes.

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Mary Squires loves her marys

imageHey, girl. Mary Squires kicks off her campaign for state insurance commish on Thursday and her letter to supporters knows a thing or two about targeting.

Sure, she's a progressive candidate with equally progressive views on LGBT issues. (She was one of only 14 state senators in 2004 to vote against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage; she's also been courting gay votes this election cycle.)

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She quits. He quits. Everybody quits in Dist. 6

imageTo say that the District 6 race for the Atlanta City Council is a little odd is something of an understatement.

There are six candidates, a spread that includes three gay men, one straight guy and two straight women. Or put another way, a couple of white folks, an Asian, a Latin, a Buddhist and someone who attended high school in Kuwait. It's exactly the sort of diversity you'll find in the district that includes Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Morningside and portions of Druid Hills.

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A dozen gay candidates seek office in 4 cities

imageKeeping up with the gay and lesbian candidates this election cycle takes a scorecard. The list is now up to 12 and includes races in four cities.

The latest additions: Lesbians Melanie Hammet (photo) and Kathie deNobriga are seeking their third terms on the Pine Lake City Council, the governing body for the small DeKalb County city with 630 residents.

“I think I’m going to do it. I haven’t told my girlfriend yet, but I think she knows,”deNobriga tells Southern Voice.

More, including a list of the candidates, after the jump.    READ MORE »

Three gay candidates pick up endorsements for municipal races

imageNeed a sign that the local campaign season is heating up? Then look for endorsements being doled out.

At least three of the 10 gay candidates in this election cycle -- Steve Brodie (photo), Miguel Gallegos and Kyle Williams -- picked up endorsements that could provide a boost to their campaigns.

Brodie received the nod from the Atlanta Police Union, a group that represents more than 1,100 police officers in the city, while Gallegos got a boost from the Atlanta-North Georgia Labor Council AFL-CIO. Williams received the backing of a former Decatur mayor.
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Three gay candidates pick up endorsements

imageNeed a sign that the local campaign season is heating up? Then look for endorsements being doled out.

At least three of the 10 gay candidates in this election cycle -- Steve Brodie (photo), Miguel Gallegos and Kyle Williams -- picked up endorsements that could provide a boost to their campaigns.

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Steve Brodie’s chub chasing campaign video

imageUm, yeah. We're really not sure what to say after watching this 30-second campaign spot from Steve Brodie.

Nontraditional? That's certainly a word.

Brodie is one of six candidates in the Atlanta City Council District 6 race. He's also one of three openly-gay men -- Alex Wan and Miguel Gallegos are the others -- seeking the seat, though you wouldn't necessarily figure that out from the commercial.

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Simone Bell jumps into state House race

imageCommunity organizer Simone Bell has stepped into the campaign for the District 58 post in the Georgia General Assembly, becoming the only openly gay candidate in the race.

Bell joins at least three other candidates -- attorney Asha Jackson, businessman Kevin Johnson and political consultant Michael McPherson -- in the race, a special election to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Rep. Robin Shipp. The election is set for Nov. 3.

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Brian Bates seeks full term in Doraville

imageBrian Bates, the first openly gay Republican to win elected office in Georgia, on Tuesday announced his campaign to seek his first full, four-year term on the Doraville City Council.

He enters the race with key endorsements from Georgia Equality and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Bates is one of at nine openly gay men seeking local offices across metro Atlanta.

Bates says a focus on community will drive his re-election campaign as the council navigates through an economic recession that has stalled growth in Doraville and across the region.

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Charlie Stadtlander seeks school board seat

imageCharlie Stadtlander didn’t sit out the local political election cycle for long.

The gay elementary school teacher in DeKalb County announced on Wednesday his bid for the District 3 seat on the Atlanta Board of Education. This race comes about three months after Stadtlander dropped his bid for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council.

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The Ox, Christian Wunderkind ready for battle

imageThink the progressive love fest that swept a black man into the White House and is about to take a Latina woman to the Supreme Court filtered down to Georgia?

If you did, consider this: It took about a nanosecond for the GOP side of the governor's race to go all "family values" on us. You'd think that jargon had seen its day. It hasn't.

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