Gay activist backs two in East Point runoffs

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imageDon’t feel too bad if you didn’t realize there are two races in East Point among the runoff elections Tuesday. The Atlanta mayor’s race, after all, has sucked nearly all the oxygen out of the political atmosphere.

But there is and a gay former candidate has made his picks along with statewide gay rights group Georgia Equality. Kenneth DeLeon (photo) was among 15 LGBT candidates on the ballot Nov. 3, but narrowly lost his East Point City Council race to incumbent Marcel Reed.

Now, DeLeon says he’s endorsing incumbent Mayor Joe Macon and Sharonda Hubbard in the Ward A At-Large council race, in part over their support of the city’s current domestic partner benefits. DeLeon says Macon and Hubbard would also back a city policy prohibiting discrimination against gay potential hires. The candidates also picked up the backing of Georgia Equality.

“I believe Mayor Joe Macon will continue to move East Point forward and bring smart growth and development to our city while helping to ease the tax burden off the back of the citizens and bring much need tax revenue and jobs into our city,” DeLeon says. “I believe Sharonda Hubbard will serve with integrity, be a new voice and bring new ideas to improve how they city is run and improve city services.”

Macon faces Earnestine Pittman, while Hubbard is hoping to unseat incumbent Greg Fann.

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