Stonewall Democrats endorses 11 LGBTQ candidates in Georgia races

Georgia Stonewall Democrats endorsed 72 candidates, including 11 LGBTQ ones, in races across Georgia, saying they will “make our state fairer and more equitable.”

The endorsements include candidates in county offices and state legislative races. Many of the endorsed candidates face contested races in the June 9 primaries. Early voting opened on Monday.

“In 2020, we count 72 strong voices stepping up to serve in elected positions all around the state,” the group said. “Thank you to the many candidates and advocates, current and past, who continue to push for change. One election cycle at a time we can make our state fairer and more equitable for all.”

“Each of these endorsed candidates has demonstrated their desire to support progressive policies and fight for the important issues and concerns within our community,” the group added.

The endorsements, issued Wednesday, include 11 LGBTQ candidates. Among those are the five current LGBTQ members of the state House who are seeking re-election – state Reps. Park Cannon, Karla Drenner, Sam Park, Renitta Shannon and Matthew Wilson. Cannon doesn't face opposition. Shannon faces an opponent in the Democratic primary in June, while Park and Wilson face Republicans in the November general election. Drenner faces an Independent challenger in November.

Other LGBTQ candidates backed by Stonewall Democrats include state House candidates Julie Jordan, Marvin Lim, Josh McNair and Alex Wan, state Senate candidate Kim Jackson and Curt Thompson, who is running in a crowded primary for chair of the Gwinnett County Commission.

Wan (photo), a former member of the Atlanta City Council, praised the endorsement in a statement to supporters. 

“I am honored by the support of the Georgia Stonewall Democrats and appreciate that they recognize my ongoing commitment to leadership and collaboration within and on behalf of our community,” Wan said. “I’m committed to continuing to be the voice of the LGBTQ community and all communities, this time in the Georgia Legislature.”

Wan, who has also been endorsed by the Victory Fund, faces a crowded Democratic primary with four other candidates. They include Kyle Lamont, who is also gay, Stacey Evans, Orianna Sanders and Jenne Shepherd. Stonewall Democrats also endorsed Evans, a former state lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate. There are no Republican candidates in the race, so the winner of the Democratic primary will take the office.

The group did not endorse five other LGBTQ candidates who are also in state races. They are state House candidates Jonathan Gilreath-Harvey, Lamont and Andrew Niquette and Mac Sims, and state Senate candidates Kelly Johnson and Devin Barrington Ward.

At least 17 LGBTQ candidates are running for the Georgia General Assembly this year, including one Republican – Cody Smith in District 3. Other LGBTQ candidates include former state lawmaker Keisha Sean Waites (U.S. House District 13) and Marckeith DeJesus (U.S. Senate). Both are Democrats.

The full list of endorsements from Georgia Stonewall Democrats:

Georgia State Senate

Jen Jordan for State Senate District 6

Travis Johnson for  State Senate District 14

Kelly Rose for State Senate District 17

Harold Jones for State Senate District 22

Brooke Griffiths for  State Senate District 27

Triana Arnold-James for State Senate District 30

Christine Treibsch for State Senate District 32

Nan Orrock for State Senate District 36

Turner W. Rentz for State Senate District 37

Michael Carson for State Senate District 38

Nikema Williams for State Senate District 39

Sally Harrell for  State Senate District 40

Kim Jackson for State Senate District 41

Elena Parent for State Senate District 42

Gail Davenport for State Senate District 44

Dr. Michelle Au for State Senate District 48

Sarah Beeson for State Senate District 56

Georgia State House of Representatives

Ginny Lennox for State Representative District 20

William Hughes for State Representative District 21

Christa Olenczak for State Representative District 25

Mary Frances Williams for State Representative District 37

David Wilkerson for State Representative District 38

Erica Thomas for State Representative District 39

Erick Allen for State Representatives District 40

Teri Anulewicz for State Representative District 42

Louisa Wakeman for State Representative District 43

Connie Di Cicco State Representative District 44

Sarah Tindall Ghazal for State Representative District 45

Caroline Holko for State Representative District 46

Angelika Kausche for State Representative District 50

Shea Roberts for State Representative District 52

Sheila Jones for State Representative District 53

Betsy Holland for State Representative District 54

Josh McNair for State Representative District 56

Stacey Evans for State Representative District 57

Alex Wan for State Representative District 57

Park Cannon for State Representative District 58

David Dryer for State Representative District 59

Derrick Jackson for State Representative District 64

Herbert Giles for State Representative District 69

Sandra Scott for State Representative District 76

Mike Wilensky for State Representative District 79

Matt Wilson for State Representative District 80

Scott Holcomb for State Representative District 81

Mary Margaret Oliver for State Representative District 82

Renitta Shannon for State Representative District 84

Karla Drenner for State Representative District 85

Michele Henson for State Representative District 86

Billy Mitchell for State Representative District 88

Bee Nguyen for State House Representative District 89

Rhonda Taylor for State Representative District 91

Dar’shun Kendrick for State Representative District 93

Karen Bennett for State Representative District 94

Pedro Marin for State Representative District 96

Marvin Lim for State Representative District 99

Sam Park for State Representative District 101

Clifton Marshall for State Representative District 103

Andrea Stephenson for State Representative District 104

Rebecca Mitchell for State Representative District 106

Jasmine Clark for State Representative District 108

Ebony Carter for State Representative District 110

Pam Dickerson for State Representative District 113

Mokah Jasmine Johnson for State Representative District 117

Spencer Frye for State Representative District 118

Jonathan Wallace for State Representative District 119

Regina Awung for State Representative District 148

Julie Jordan for State Representative District 179

County Offices

John Q Williams for Clarke County Sheriff 

Curt Thompson for Gwinnett County Commission Chair

Robert Patrick for Dekalb Commissioner District 1

Ted Terry for Dekalb  Commission Super District 6

Natalie Hall for Fulton Commission District 4