Gay ATL candidates get Victory Fund shout-out

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With little more than a week until Election Day II in Georgia — yes, Mary, you have to vote again Dec. 1 — gay candidates are looking for any edge they can use to get their LGBT supporters to the polls.

imageFor Alex Wan, he’s building momentum with endorsement after endorsement after endorsement in his race for the Atlanta City Council. For Simone Bell, it’s the fact that she can become the nation’s first African-American lesbian elected to the state legislature by taking the District 58 seat in Georgia.

And now this: The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which has endorsed both Wan and Bell, included the two among a list of five LGBT candidates in an eblast to supporters last week. Interestingly, all five are running in either Atlanta or Houston.

They’re closer than ever – within striking distance of winning – and they need our help right now.

imageThe Victory Fund’s pitch about Wan:

Alex is well-positioned to become the first openly gay man and first Asian-American ever elected to office in Atlanta. Your help will mean a stronger get-out-the-vote effort and more opportunity for Alex to communicate with undecided voters about his vision for Atlanta.

And their take on Bell:

Simone will become the first openly lesbian Africa-American elected to a state legislature in the U.S. if she wins this race for the Georgia State House.  Resources will help pay for high-quality mail pieces to get Simone’s message to voters in what’s expected to be a low-turnout runoff election. Even a little extra help will go a long way in this race.


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