Category:  Politics

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.

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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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6 for 6: City Council seat attracts one more

imageStraight white men in Atlanta's District 6 rejoice. You now have your champion in candidate Tad Christian.

On Wednesday, the stay-at-home dad and neighborhood activist threw his hat into the crowded ring that is the race for the open seat on the Atlanta City Council, joining five other candidates to represent Midtown, Virginia-Highland, Morningside and portions of Druid Hills. In the diversity that reflects the district, candidates include three gay men, one straight man and two straight women.

In other words, it's a crowded field.

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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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