Victory Fund endorses gay civic activist in Doraville mayor’s race

Former Doraville City Councilmember Joseph Geierman got a boost to his quest to become the city's first openly LGBTQ mayor by nabbing a Victory Fund endorsement.

Geierman was grateful to receive a nod from the group, which is dedicated to electing LGBTQ candidates. 

“When I was younger, I thought that being an out gay man automatically meant that I would not be able to serve my community by running for any political office, let alone mayor of Doraville,” Geierman (photo) told Project Q Atlanta. “Today this is no longer the case, partly because of organizations like Victory Fund, which have been committed for many years to providing resources to make sure that our voices are not dismissed.”

Geierman’s was one of 48 Victory Fund endorsements announced on Tuesday. The number of qualified LGBTQ candidates running for office is “staggering,” according to Victory Fund President & CEO Annise Parker.

“The floodgates were opened by the Rainbow Wave of 2018 and other historic victories over the last few years,” she said in a press release. “Now, we know we can run and win anywhere, and more LGBTQ people are deciding elected office is the best vehicle to bring positive change for their communities.”

Parker is also the former mayor of Houston.

Geierman was elected to the Doraville City Council in 2017. He resigned from the council in July to run for mayor against the incumbent Donna Pittman. 

Geierman has been a regular at local Victory Fund events, attending the group’s fundraising brunch in March 2018 and a happy hour event in August.

The Doraville mayoral election is Nov. 5.