Wan, four others win while seven gays lose

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UPDATED | 12:15 a.m.

Gay candidate Alex Wan (top photo) won a crowded race for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council, but is headed to a runoff next month. Four other LGBT candidates also won their metro Atlanta races Tuesday.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting shortly before midnight Tuesday, Wan took 33 percent of the vote, with challenger Tad Christian getting 22.34 percent and Liz Coyle receiving 22.06 percent.

“I said when we started this race that difficult times were exactly when those with the inclination and capacity to lead should step forward,” Wan said in a press release shortly after midnight. “I am both humbled and honored that my friends and neighbors in District 6 gave me their vote of confidence that brought us to the runoff. I look forward to their continued support and to serving as their voice in city government when the results of the runoff are announced after the December 1 vote.”

imageTwo other gay candidates in the Midtown council race — Steve Brodie (14 percent) and Miguel Gallegos (2 percent) — finished fourth and sixth place, respectively. Brodie came within five votes of defeating incumbent Anne Fauver in 2005. Fauver, a lesbian, opted against seeking a third term.

Wan joins four other LGBT candidates in winning on Tuesday.

Brian Bates (second photo), a gay incumbent in Doraville, easily defeated challenger Tom Hart 62-38 percent. Bates, a Republican, won his first full term on the council.

Bates was first elected to the District 2 At-Large post on the council of the DeKalb city in 2007 to fill the unexpired term of a city council member who resigned. Bates focused his campaign on community and helping navigate the city through an economic recession that has stalled growth in Doraville and across the region.

imageJohnny Sinclair (third photo), a gay Realtor who left the Marietta City Council in 2005 after two terms, reclaimed his seat.

With 1 of 1 precincts reporting, Sinclair eked out a return to the Ward 3 seat with a 50.5-49.34 percent win over incumbent Holly Walquist.

In Pine Lake, lesbians Kathie deNobriga and Melanie Hammet — both incumbents — are among the top three vote-getters. In Pine Lake, the three candidates who receive the most votes win seats on the council. DeNobriga took 29 percent; Hammet received 28 percent.

imageSimone Bell (bottom photo), who could make history as the first openly lesbian African American elected to a state legislature, is in second place for the District 58 seat in the state House. She trails Asha Jackson, 29 to 24 percent, enough to put her in a runoff if the results stand. Some 74 percent of precincts are reporting.

Bell entered the last few weeks of the campaign with a cash advantage.

Other candidates did not fare so well Tuesday:

In Decatur, gay attorney Kyle Williams lost his first bid for elective office. Patti Garrett won the race for the District 2 Post A spot 54-46 percent.

Adam Brackman placed second in the Post 1 At-Large seat on the Atlanta City Council, losing to Michael Julian Bond 56-21 percent with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.

In Atlanta’s District 12 race, lesbian Keisha LaShawn Waites also lost. She placed second, 58-27 percent, to incumbent Joyce Sheperd with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.

Charlie Stadtlander, a gay challenger for the Atlanta Board of Education District 3 post, lost that race to incumbent Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, 56-44 with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

Atlanta mayoral candidate Kyle Keyser, who launched a last-minute grassroots race, captured .70 percent percent, putting him fifth in a six-person race with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed will face each other in a runoff next month.

In East Point, Eric Morrow trails in the At-Large Ward B race, 51 to 48 percent with 67 percent of the precincts reporting. Ken DeLeon also trails in his At-Large Ward C race, 54-45 percent.

Check back; we’ll be updating the results as they trickle in. Some 15 LGBT candidates were on ballots in six cities across metro Atlanta on Tuesday:

Mayor, City of Atlanta: Kyle Keyser
Atlanta City Council Post 1 At Large: Adam Brackman
Atlanta City Council District 6: Steve Brodie, Alex Wan, Miguel Gallegos
Atlanta City Council District 12: Keisha LaShawn Waites
Atlanta Board of Education District 3: Charlie Stadtlander
Decatur City Commission District 2: Kyle Williams
Doraville City Council: Brian Bates
East Point City Council At-Large Ward B: Eric Morrow
East Point City Council At-Large Ward C: Kenneth DeLeon
Georgia House District 58: Simone Bell
Marietta City Council Ward 3: Johnny Sinclair
Pine Lake City Council: Melanie Hammet, Kathie deNobriga


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