Gay candidate Keyser qualifies for Mayor’s race

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imageKyle Keyser, the gay activist-turned-candidate for Mayor of Atlanta, has officially qualified for the race. He filed to run at City Hall on Friday (photo) after raising the $4,425 fee through online social networks.

“Amazing!,” Keyser exalts to the fans of his Facebook campaign page. “Congratulations to everyone! What an amazing 48 hours.”

Keyser credits the Facebook push and other networking with raising the necessary funds just two days after announcing his candidacy in an “Open Letter to the Citizens of Atlanta.”

“Enough is enough. We deserve a safe, functional, and well-managed city,” Keyser says in the letter, which also serves as an indictment of existing City leadership and the other candidates for the office.

Keyser is a folk hero of sorts after founding Atlantans Together Against Crime last year. The group, created after Keyser himself was the victim of a mugging, hosts monthly rallies across the city to raise awareness about public safety. Keyser will be among 12 LGBT candidates seeking office in metro Atlanta.

Photo by Alli Royce Soble via the Kyle Keyser for Mayor Facebook page.

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