Mayoral candidate Felicia Moore greets LGBTQ supporters

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Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore made a campaign stop at X Midtown on Wednesday to shore up LGBTQ support and raise funds in her race to become the city’s next mayor.

The Midtown bar rolled out the red carpet for attendees hosted by local attorney Robert L. Stewart. He introduced Moore for a few comments, and she took questions from the crowd.

Moore declared her candidacy in January and quickly thereafter courted LGBTQ voters in a far-reaching Project Q Atlanta interview.

“I would have an LGBTQ task force that would give me their agenda, what do they want to see, and then I need to be held accountable to get those things done,” Moore told Podcast Q. “I want to see action.”

With 23 years of experience on City Council, including three as council president, she leads a growing pack of candidates in a newly wide-open race for the mayor’s office. Current Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms dropped out of the race in a surprise announcement last week.

Attorney Sharon Gay and cartoonist Alex Barrella were already declared candidates when Bottoms withdrew. City Council member Antonio Brown (District 3) filed paperwork to run the same day as Bottoms announcement. Brown is the council’s most progressive and only out LGBTQ member who faces at least one public hurdle to being elected. Late Thursday, Council member Andre Dickens (At-Large Post 3) also launched his bid for the race.

[Update: Brown declared his candidacy at an event on Friday]

Moore’s campaign is based on her long-term experience over those candidates.

Other potential mayoral candidates include former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, former state senator and gubernatorial nominee Jason Carter and former Atlanta City Council member and mayoral candidate Mary Norwood.

Photos by Russ Bowen-Youngblood

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