How to run for office when you’re gay

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imageSomehow, metro Atlanta has ended up with at least a dozen openly gay candidates running for office this election cycle. (There’s even one already lining up for a General Assembly race in 2010.) Just three of those are incumbents, so there’s hope among gay political pundits that after Nov. 3, the number of LGBT elected officials will be greater than it is today — 8.

To help, Georgia Equality is teaming up with the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute to offer a five-hour clinic on Sept. 6 to train candidates, campaign officials or those who want to run in the future. The session is being held in conjunction with Atlanta Black Gay Pride and takes place at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, which is housing most festival events.

“With the large number of openly gay and lesbian people running for office this year, we felt that it was important to offer some training to help make their campaigns successful,” Georgia Equality Executive Director Jeff Graham (photo), says in a prepared statement. “This training will also help build the skills of people interested in taking a leadership role in helping elect individuals from the LGBT community and our straight allies.”

Who’s running this year?

Atlanta City Council District 6: Steve Brodie, Alex Wan, Miguel Gallegos.
Atlanta City Council Post 1 At Large: Adam Brackman.
Atlanta Board of Education District 3: Charlie Stadtlander.
Decatur City Commission District 2: Kyle Williams.
Doraville City Council: Brian Bates.
East Point City Council: Eric Morrow and Kevin Hudson.
Georgia House District 58: Simone Bell.
Pine Lake City Council: Melanie Hammet and Kathie deNobriga.

Bates, Hammet and Kathie deNobriga are incumbents. Hudson was appointed to the Ward A At-Large seat in East Point, but later stepped down after the incumbent, Greg Fann, returned.


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