Liz Coyle eyes campaign for District 6 post

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With incumbent Anne Fauver out — as in out of the race — the campaign for the District 6 post on the Atlanta City Council is drawing more interest.

Already, two gay men are hoping to replace Fauver, the council’s only openly gay member who is stepping aside after two terms. Now, longtime neighborhood activist Elizabeth Coyle appears ready to step into the campaign, according to the Saporta Report.

Coyle, who has been serving as a city council appointee on the board of Atlanta Beltline Inc., reportedly told executive committee members at a meeting on Friday that she plans to resign from that position at the next full board meeting on June 16 with the intention of running for City Council.

Contacted by email, Coyle responded: “I expect to be making an announcement of my plans soon.”

If Coyle enters the race, it puts at risk a seat held by a lesbian since 1998, when Cathy Woolard became the the first openly gay elected official in Georgia. She defeated a non-gay incumbent to represent the district, which includes a high concentration of LGBT residents. Voters elect a new City Council and mayor in November.

Already in the race are gay men Alex Wan and Steve Brodie, who lost to Fauver in 2005 by a handful of votes. A third gay man, Charlie Stadtlander, jumped into the race in January, only to drop out weeks later.

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