Category:  Politics

Alex Wan: Fundraising prowess ‘humbling’

imageWith the cash comes the bragging rights.

Alex Wan outpaced his opponents in the District 6 race for the Atlanta City Council in the second quarter, as Project Q Atlanta reported on Tuesday, and took a bit of a victory lap on Wednesday.

“I am humbled by the tremendous support and I am heartened because this kind of broad, early and strong financial support demonstrates that voters are looking for leaders who combine business experience with broad-based community service," Wan says in a press release issued Wednesday.

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Wan enjoys cash advantage in District 6 race

imageAlex Wan enjoys a three-to-one financial advantage in the crowded race for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council and suport from some notable longtime gay and lesbian activists, according to campaign disclosures reports.

Wan, one of three gay candidates in the race, raised more than $2 for every dollar raised by his nearest challenger, Steve Brodie, who is also gay, during the April-June period covered by the reports. The documents, filed by three of the five candidates in the race, provide an early look into the financial viability of the campaigns.

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Adam Brackman gets Victory Fund nod

imageA gay candidate for the Atlanta City Council picked up the endorsement of a national gay organization that could provide a boost to his campaign.

Adam Brackman, one of seven candidates for the Post 1 At Large seat on the council, announced the nod from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund late Monday. Brackman, a delivery project executive for IBM, is the only openly gay candidate for the position and one of at least four gay candidates running for council seats this year. Brackman entered the race May 22 with a pledge to address public safety issues and city finances.

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Add one more to City Council’s D6 race

imageAt least Liz Coyle won't feel like the odd straight woman out in the District 6 race for the Atlanta City Council.

Left without an incumbent, the campaign for the open seat attracted yet another candidate over the weekend: Bahareh Azizi, a scientist at Georgia Tech. Azizi launched her campaign on Saturday, according to Creative Loafing.

For those keeping scores: three gays, two straights now in the race.

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Third gay men enters District 6 campaign

imageThe race for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council gets another gay entrant: Miguel Gallegos (photo), a self-described unemployed gay Buddhist who was one of eight gay delegates from Georgia to the Democratic National Convention last year.

He announced his campaign with this status update on June 16: "Offically running for district 6 atlanta city council!!!" But the campaign gained exposure on Wednesday when Southern Voice posted a brief item on its website.    READ MORE »

Anti-gay is the way in Ga. GOP gov’s race

imageBlogger Matt Hennie is the founder and managing editor of Project Q Atlanta. He’s a longtime Atlanta resident who’s worked in journalism since his days as a Purple Paladin at Furman University in the early ‘90s.

Anti-gay seems to be winning the day when it comes to the GOP in Georgia.

Two anti-gay candidates are leading the race to be the Republican candidate for governor next year. Though John Oxendine enjoys a big lead (35 percent) in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, what we can enjoy in those numbers is that Karen Handel is a distant second place (11 percent). Both are anti-gay, but at least Oxendine has been open about it throughout his career.

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Wan, Williams kick gay campaigns into gear

imageGay candidates for two local seats are kicking their campaigns into gear this week, hoping to raise both voter awareness and money during the political slough of summer.

Alex Wan (photo) formally launches his fundarisers with an event tonight backed by some of metro Atlanta's gay elite. Wan last month launched his bid for the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council, a race that includes two other candidates.

Kyle Williams, who announced his campaign for the District 2 post on the Decatur City Commission in April, recently launched his campaign website and is urging supporters to visit a new Facebook page.

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Liz Coyle enters race for District 6 post

imageNeighborhood activist and communications consultant Liz Coyle is stepping into the race for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council.

The Atkins Park resident was in the process of filing her official paperwork Tuesday morning. Coyle, who is heterosexual and married, joins two gay men – Alex Wan and Steve Brodie – in the campaign to represent a heavily-gay area that’s had an openly gay council member since 1998.

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Franklin spars with gay GOP over crime

imageIt's tough to pick a favorite: Watching Mayor Shirley Franklin explain away the city's crime issue and new ranking as the country's second-least safe large city. Or her back-and-forth with the Georgia Log Cabin Republicans over the gay group's call for her resignation just months before her term ends.

The debate over the crime stats is playing out through Creative Loafing and now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her flap with the Republican gays started last week and continues through Southern Voice. We feel like we've got a ringside seat to the mayor's unraveling during her sprint to the finish.

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Alex Wan asks supporters for campaign help

imageAlex Wan, who worked the media circuit late last month in announcing his bid for the Atlanta City Council, is now asking supporters for their help.

In an email sent Monday afternoon, Wan asks for "your vote, your contributions, and your time." The gay businessman and longtime resident of the District 6 he wants to represent, launched a new component to his web site that allows visitors to donate online.

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Lunch and learn with John Oxendine

imageShannon Hames lives in the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta with her partner Melissa. She works as a professional organizer and volunteers with several Atlanta LGBT groups and blogs at Sinnerviewer.

Yesterday, I took Sweet Melissa and my teens to a BBQ hosted by a local Republican women's group. It was to host a candidate for Governor of Georgia, John Oxendine. He has served as Insurance Commissioner for many years, but I don't know much about him other than he has an affinity for tricked out Crown Victoria's and he knows how to read a crowd.

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Roy Barnes called; he wants his office back

imageBlogger Matt Hennie is the founder and managing editor of Project Q Atlanta. He’s a longtime Atlanta resident who’s worked in journalism since his days as a Purple Paladin at Furman University in the early ‘90s.

Chub chasers and gay politicos delight -- Roy Barnes wants his bed back in the governor's mansion.

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Alex Wan seeks District 6 City Council seat

imageAn openly gay businessman and longtime resident of the Morningside neighborhood said Wednesday that he's seeking the District 6 seat on the Atlanta City Council.

The announcement by Wan continues a topsy turvy campaign in District 6, the gay-heavy area that encompasses much of Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Druid Hills and Candler Park.

Charlie Stadtlander, a gay school teacher, stepped into the race in January, only to drop out when business consultant Steve Brodie, who also is gay, jumped in last month. Anne Fauver, a lesbian and two-term incumbent, initially indicated she would seek a third term, only to drop out last month.

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Mary Norwood says she backs gay marriage

imageMary Norwood, one of three major candidates to become Atlanta's next mayor, issued a statement Tuesday affirming her support for same-sex unions.

Norwood, along with state Sen. Kasim Reed and City Council President Lisa Borders, took part in a meet and greet with LGBT voters on Thursday. Norwood left before the candidates were asked for a one-word answer on whether they supported gay marriage. Borders said yes and Reed replied "civil unions." That answer, according to Southern Voice, drew some boos from the audience.

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Brodie reaches out to Fauver supporters

imageThe lone candidate -- gay or otherwise -- left standing in the District 6 race for the Atlanta City Council reached out to supporters of his former opponent in an open letter Thursday.

Steve Brodie, a gay business consultant, announced his campaign for the District 6 post on April 2 expecting a rematch with Anne Fauver, the lesbian who was seeking a third term. Fauver narrowly defeated Brodie in 2005.

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Allen Thornell says no to Gold Dome race

In his calculation whether to seek an opening in the Georgia General Assembly, Allen Thornell says his equation came up a little short.

The longtime gay rights activist told Project Q Atlanta last week that he was considering jumping into the District 58 race, since Robin Shipp resigned the seat. Thornell lost to Shipp in the Democratic primary runoff in 2006.

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Fauver: Health didn’t drive me from campaign

Anne Fauver, who surprised the city's political scene today by ending her bid for a third term, says her health didn't drive her from the campaign.

Fauver, who was diagnosed with breast cancer late in her first term, tells Southern Voice in an interview late Monday that her health didn't force her departure.

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Anne Fauver drops out of District 6 race

imageIn a race that briefly included three gay candidates, one more has dropped out. That leaves one.

Anne Fauver, the two-term incumbent in the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council, announced to constituents Monday that she won't run for re-election. That leaves Steve Brodie, a gay man who challenged her in 2005, as the only announced candidate in the race.

The District 6 post, often regarded as the gay seat on the council for more than a decade, includes portions of Midtown and Virginia-Highland. Fauver is the council's only openly gay member.

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Gay attorney seeks Decatur commission post

imageGay activist and attorney Kyle Williams announced Thursday that he's seeking the District 2 post on the Decatur City Commission.

Williams, a former chair of the Georgia Equality Foundation and an attorney with Bloom Law, would become the second openly gay member of the five-member commission. Kecia Cunningham became the state's first African-American openly gay elected official when she won a seat on the commission in 1999.

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Borders brings gay creds into mayor’s race

imageIn a positive development for gay Atlantans, Lisa Borders has decided to jump into the mayor's race -- again.

Borders, once considered a front runner to replace term-limited Mayor Shirley Franklin, stepped out of the race in August citing family reasons. Last week, she stepped back in.

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