Georgia Stonewall Democrats endorse 7 LGBTQ candidates

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Georgia Stonewall Democrats endorsed six more candidates, bringing its total to 56 candidates picked as the state enters the homestretch of a crucial November election. 

The LGBTQ Democratic group added two LGBTQ candidates to its slate of picks, bringing the total number of LGBTQ candidates endorsed by the group to seven. The two latest LGBTQ picks are business owner Adam Bridges, who faces Bill Hitchens in House District 161 in Rincon, and school administrator Julie Jordan, who faces Don Hogan in House District 179 in St. Simons.

The group previously endorsed state Reps. Park Cannon and Karla Drenner, state House candidates Adam Wynn and Matthew Wilson, and Gwinnett County Commission District 2 candidate Ben Ku.

The group did not endorse LGBTQ state Reps. Sam Park and Renitta Shannon, but Georgia Stonewall Democrats President Tim Cairl told Project Q Atlanta that additional picks might be made before the Nov. 6 election.

Other candidates endorsed by Stonewall Democrats in this latest round include state Senate candidate Dawn Johnson and state House candidates Salvatore Castellana, Karin Sandiford and Shea Roberts.

As for statewide candidates, Georgia Stonewall Democrats previously endorsed Stacey Abrams (governor), Sarah Riggs Amico (lieutenant governor), Richard Keatley (labor commissioner), John Barrow (secretary of state), Charlie Bailey (attorney general), Fred Swann (agriculture commissioner), Lindy Miller (Public Service Commission District 3) and Dawn Rudolph (Public Service Commission District 5).

The full list of Georgia Stonewall Democrats endorsements below (with LGBTQ candidates denoted with an *):

2018 Statewide Candidates:

Governor – Stacey Abrams
Lt. Governor – Sarah Riggs Amico
Attorney General – Charlie Bailey
Labor Commissioner – Richard Keatley
PSC District 3 – Lindy Miller
PSC District 5 – Dawn Randolph

Georgia State Senate:

SD#6 Jen Jordan
SD#14 Rachel Kinsey
SD#21 Nicole Bremmer Nash
SD# 22Harold Jones
SD# 36 Nan Orrock
SD#39 Nikema Williams
SD#38 Horacena Tate
SD#40 Sally Harrell
SD#41 Steve Henson
SD#44 Gail Davenport
SD#47 Dawn Johnson-New
SD#48 Zahra Karinshak

Georgia State House:

HD#21 Melanie Whitfield
HD#23 Adam Wynn*
HD#34 Matt Southwell
HD#35 Salvatore Castellana-New
HD#38 David Wilkerson
HD#39 Erica Thomas
HD#40 Erick Allen
HD#42 Terri Anulewicz
HD#43 Luisa Wakeman
HD#45 Essence Johnson
HD#46 Karin Sandiford- New
HD#52 Shea Roberts – New
HD#53 Sheila Jones
HD#54 Betsy Holland
HD#56 “Able” Mable Thomas
HD#57 Pat Gardner
HD#58 Park Cannon*
HD#59 David Dreyer
HD#76 Sandra Scott
HD#79 Mike Wilensky
HD#80 Mathew Wilson*
HD#81 Scott Holcomb
HD#85 Karla Drenner*
HD# 86 Michele Henson
HD #88 Billy Mitchell
HD#89 Bee Nguyen
HD#93 Dar’shun Kendrick
HD#94 Karen Bennett
HD#96 Pedro Marin
HD#99 Brenda Lopez
HD#109 Regina Lewis-Ward
HD#113  Pam Dickerson
HD#118 Spencer Frye
HD# 119 Jonathan Wallace
HD#161 Adam Bridges-New*
HD#179 Julie Jordan-New*

County Commission:

Cobb District #3 Caroline Holko
Gwinnett District #2 Ben Ku*

UPDATE | Georgia Stonewall Democrats added state Reps. Sam Park and Renitta Shannon to its endorsements after this story was published. So the group endorsed nine LGBTQ candidates in the November election. 


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