2018 General Election Endorsements

The Board of Directors of Georgia Equality is pleased to announce their endorsed candidates in the upcoming November 6, 2018 General Election.

In a period in which many people seeking elected office are supportive of the LGBT community, the Georgia Equality Board of Directors will issue an endorsement for a candidate who we feel is best placed to advance our policy agenda.  The lack of an endorsement should not necessarily be viewed as a negative reflection of a particular candidate’s views on LGBT issues in general. In some instances the board did not make an endorsement if there were multiple candidates with evenly matched views on LGBT issues or in races where an incumbent was running unopposed.

CLICK HERE for our printer-friendly endorsements guide, and be sure to print your copy before you go to the polls!

 

Statewide Offices

Governor: Stacey Abrams

“I am proud to have earned Georgia Equality’s endorsement, and am privileged to have been a strong ally to the LGBTQ community in the legislature. As governor, I will ensure the Georgia of the future protects and includes all LGBTQ families. I have a vision for Georgia where equality fosters prosperity, and every family has the opportunity to succeed – not just survive. LGBTQ Georgians are critical partners in ensuring that vision becomes a reality. “

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Stacey’s website, https://staceyabrams.com/


Lt. Governor: Sarah Riggs Amico

“I am running to be the next Lt. Governor of Georgia to improve the lives of all Georgians. This includes protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination. Individuals should be able to pursue their goals no matters what they look like, how they pray, or who they love. Although I attend an Evangelical Christian church, I have always been vocal in my disagreement with their anti-LGBTQ stances. I am not afraid to stand up for what is right.”

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Sarah’s website, https://sarahforgeorgia.com/


Secretary of State: John Barrow

“From the time that I was in college through my time in Congress, I’ve worked with members of the LGBT community to promote equal rights. I’ve spent my life working to make life better for folks all over east Georgia and south Georgia, and I’d be honored to have the opportunity to make it easier to do business, protect the right to vote, and ensure the security of our elections from fraud and foreign interference.”

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit John’s website, www.barrowforgeorgia.com


Attorney General: Charlie Bailey

“The Attorney General is supposed to be the one entity above all that is entrusted to protect the people of Georgia.   That is my first and only priority as Attorney General.  Whether it is protecting Georgians from gangs, stopping scammers, standing up to Federal overreach, or ending discrimination I am here to protect every Georgian.  If some of us are not protected, none of us are.”

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Charlie’s website, charlieforgeorgia.com


Labor Commissioner: Richard Keatley

“Working in higher education over the past twenty years, I have developed many close relationships with LGBT students and friends and am acutely aware of the challenges they often face at home and in the workplace.”

 

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Richard’s website, www.keatleyforgeorgia.com


Commissioner of Agriculture: Fred Swann

 

 

 

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Fred’s website, www.swannforga.com


Public Service Commission District 3: Lindy Miller

“Georgia has the third highest utility bills in the country. No matter how you identify, high bills are holding us all back from opportunities. It’s time for leaders who are ready to put people ahead of special interests.”

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Lindy’s website, www.millerforgeorgia.com


Public Service Commission District 5: Dawn Randolph

Policy matters. Public Policy should matter to everyone. I’m running for the Public Service Commission because its time the Public has a say. Right now we have a “MacGyver plan” in case of cyber security attack. This frightens me and should frighten everyone. There are new school ways to protect our power systems which require new ways of thinking about how we use energy. Energy access is a basic necessity, we need to raise up the importance of this position. We need to show all students that STEM jobs are valued. We need to work to support a sustainable energy future which will benefit all citizens. Affordable and Fair utility rates, Reliable & Safe services and a commitment to a Sustainable energy future is my commitment to all Georgians.

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Dawn’s website, https://randolphforgeorgia.com/


State Senate

District 6: Jen Jordan (i)

“This past session let me see first hand that the need for elected officials that are willing to fight for equality for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters is as clear and present as it has ever been. The attempts to inject “religious freedom” language into legislation, no matter its subject, were constant and unyielding. Giving voice to the principles of equality of all Georgians – no matter whom they love – may not completely disarm prejudice, but it is crucial if we ever want equality for all to be a reality. This is why Georgia Equality’s work is so important, and I am incredibly honored to have earned its support.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Jen’s website, https://www.jen4ga.com/


District 29: Valerie Haskins

 

 

 

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Valerie’s website, http://valeriehaskins.com/


District 40: Sally Harrell

“Fourteen years ago as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, I proudly cast a vote that I feared would jeopardize my re-election. I was one of only a handful of legislators who voted against SR 595, which sought to amend Georgia’s constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. We have come a long way since then, yet we cannot take anything for granted. State Senate 40 is Georgia’s most flippable State Senate district, and we have the chance to remove a long-time incumbent, Sen. Fran Millar, who has consistently voted against LGBTQ+ interests. The chance to change this voice in the Georgia Senate motivates me every day to work hard at winning this election. I’d be honored to have your support.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Sally’s website, sallyharrell.org


District 41: Steve Henson (i)

Information coming soon.


District 44: Gail Davenport (i)

Information coming soon.


District 46: Marisue Hilliard

“Earning Georgia Equality’s endorsement is an honor and reflects my dedication to human rights and equal opportunities for every Georgian.  I am committed to support equality, dignity and human rights of the LGBTQ community. This election is an opportunity to unseat Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, who has consistently voted for bills that allow discrimination against the LBGTQ community under the guise of ‘religious freedom.'”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Marisue’s website, www.hilliard46.com


District 48: Zahra Karinshak

“It is an honor to receive Georgia Equality’s endorsement and I am proud to stand with members of the LGBTQ community. In the State Senate, I will speak out against hate, intolerance, and bigotry that too often plagues our political discourse. I will do everything in my power to make Georgia a more welcoming and inclusive state for all.”

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Zahra’s website,  www.votezahra.com


District 56: Ellyn Jeager

 

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Ellyn’s website, www.ellynjeager4ga.com


State House of Representatives

 District 23: Adam Wynn


District 30: Alana Watkins

Information coming soon.


District 36: Jen Slipakoff

Jen has been a strong ally for the LGBTQ community and can be trusted to work toward equality for all Georgians. As a community organizer, she has the necessary experience building coalitions and breaking down barriers and will be a trusted advocate under the Gold Dome.

 

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Jen’s website, http://www.electjenslipakoff.com


District 37: Mary Frances Williams

“I support passage of civil rights protection legislation which includes protection for LGBTQ citizens; I am concerned about HIV/AIDS infection rates especially among teens and young adults; I oppose RFRA legislation.”

 

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Mary Frances’ website, maryfranceswilliams4hd37.com


District 39: Erica Thomas (i)

Information coming soon.


District 40: Erick Allen

“When my wife and I moved here many years ago as minority business owners, we did so because as the heart of the civil rights movement, Georgia seemed built on the promise of equality. But minority status does not start and stop with race, and until the LGBT community are able to live their lives free of state-sanctioned discrimination, our work remains undone. I look forward to working with my fellow legislators and the LGBT community to bring true equality to each and every citizen.”

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Erick’s website, www.AllenforGeorgia.com


District 50: Angelika Kausche

“I am proud and honored to stand with our LGBTQ+ community. I believe in equality regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and I feel strongly about the need to do more than just passively support LGBTQ+ rights. Being an ally means to actively fight bigoted sentiments and discriminatory legislation at every turn. I have seen my neighbors in Johns Creek practice unwavering compassion and protect the rights and dignity of all, and I am excited about the opportunity to bring their values with me to the Legislature.”

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Angelika’s website, www.angelikaforgeorgia.com


District 52: Shea Roberts

“I’m running to be your next State House Representative for District 52 because I refuse to let our children grow up under legislation supporting outdated values. It’s time for compassion, sensibility, and actionable leadership that supports the upward mobility of all of our citizens.

Having raised my daughter to be compassionate towards everyone regardless of race, gender, origin, sexual orientation or who they love – we both have family and many friends we hold dear in the LGBTQ community. I cannot stand by as our current State’s leaders try to push discriminatory adoption legislation and pass campus carry bills that could put weapons in the hands of bullies. If elected, I want to help the Sandy Springs mother I met knocking doors who felt private school was necessary to support her transgender son. And I will join forces with other progressive leaders to finally achieve the long-overdue hate crimes legislation Georgia so desperately needs.

We need progressive leaders who will stand up with the LGBTQ community, and I am ready to be that leader for District 52.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Shea’s website, https://www.sheaforgeorgia.com


District 56: Able Mable Thomas (i)

Information coming soon.


District 57: Pat Gardner (i)

Information coming soon.


 District 58: Park Cannon (i)

“As the only openly LGBTQ elected official for the City of Atlanta and Fulton County, I know that we need progressive representation at the table so that we can live out and proud, in Georgia.”

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Park’s website, parkcannon58.com


District 60: Kim Schofield (i)

“I am a legislator for all people and I am committed to protect the rights of all. I do not support any form of discrimination, hate, prejudice or devalue of personhood. In my professional life, I currently facilitate Illicit Bias training for law enforcement; I have trained through Emory University for work through the National Coalition Building Institute, a renowned international leadership organization that builds Leadership for Diversity in equity, and inclusion skills on college campuses, community organizations, K-12 schools, corporations, government agencies and law. In my personal life, my values have always include protecting the rights of all.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Kim’s website, www.electkim4d60.net


District 79: Michael Wilensky

“I am honored by Georgia Equality’s support and their endorsement in my bid for State House District 79. For the past five years I have been fighting discriminatory legislation at the Georgia Capitol and if elected I will continue to do so as a state representative. No one should be discriminated against because of who they love, how the pray, or how they look.”

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Mike’s website, www.wilenskyforga.com


 District 80: Matthew Wilson

“Georgia Equality has long been fighting for our rights at the State Capitol with the kind of commitment and passion few movements can claim, and I’m honored to have their support. Last year, when state legislators tried to prevent LGBTQ couples from being able to adopt children in our state, it felt like a personal attack. I’m running because representation matters, and with more open LGBTQ lawmakers, we can create a state where every Georgian is seen as equal.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Matthew’s website, http://matthewforgeorgia.com


District 81: Scott Holcomb (i)

“I support and vote for equality. I’ve worked to advance helpful legislation, such as the Georgia Fair Employment Practices Act and hate crimes legislation, and to stop harmful bills, such as those that would allow for discriminatory practices in adoption and the so-called religious freedom legislation.”

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Scott’s website, www.votescottholcomb.com


 District 84: Renitta Shannon (i)

“I will always advocate for our issues. I am at the intersection of many identities and so I fully understand what discrimination looks like and what it means to not be seen as fully equal under the law by legislation that disproportionately impacts whole communities.”

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Renitta’s website, http://renittashannon.com/


 District 85: Karla Drenner (i)

Information coming soon.


District 86: Michelle Henson (i)

“I am committed to advancing the rights of LGBT Georgians and their allies. I pledge to continue to listen, to learn, and to be a consistent supporter of Georgia Equality and their legislative priorities, including hate crime legislation and workplace discrimination.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Michelle’s website, http://www.repmichelehenson86.com/


District 95: Beth Moore

“Georgia Equality and I share a common mission of protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community through the legislative process. For me, that means advancing hate crimes legislation, employment rights and housing rights for LGBTQ individuals, as well as blocking discriminatory bills – like last year’s adoption reform bill – that attempt to include anti-LGBTQ provisions. As an entertainment attorney, I know all too well that we stand to lose a nearly $10 billion industry if Georgia fails to secure its reputation as an inclusive, friendly state for the thousands of diverse workers in the music, film and television industry. Those who identify as LGBTQ add unique value to our families, neighborhoods, culture and economy, and I welcome and celebrate them. Thank you to Georgia Equality for endorsing my campaign for House District 95.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Beth’s website, www.MooreForGeorgia.com


District 97: Aisha Yaqoob

“I do not identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and I cannot speak to the experience of these voters. What I can speak to is the increasing need for our communities to stick together when we are all under attack. I know first hand that when immigrant and Muslim communities have been targeted, that it was our LGBTQ friends and allies that came to support us. I want to do my part to build those relationships and support causes that make my district and our State accessible to us all. I have a growing respect for the struggle and achievements of this community and plan to do my part as a state legislator to not reverse any progress that has been made, and fight to make sure that we are becoming a Georgia that is more equal and more just for all of us.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Aisha’s website, www.voteaisha.com


District 99: Brenda Lopez (i)

“I am committed to making the right decision and to ensure protections to our brothers and sisters of the LGBT community. They represent our family, our neighbors, and our loved ones. No American should live in fear for who they are but should be celebrated with the god give rights every person is born with. I promise to always negotiate, advocate, and vote on behlaf of the LGBT community. I am proud to be an ally and am proud to serve.”

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Brenda’s website, http://votebrendalopez.com/


 District 101: Sam Park (i)

“As the first openly gay man elected to office, I introduced comprehensive civil rights legislation to advance LGBTQ equality, and fought hard to defeat harmful legislation. Together, we will continue the progress we’ve made and achieve LGBTQ equality in Georgia.”

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Sam’s website, http://www.samforgeorgia.com/


District 102: Gregg Kennard

“Every citizen has the right to be who they are. I look forward to advocating for the LGBT community and for all human rights at the Georgia capitol.”

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Gregg’s website, greggkennard4georgia.com


District 105: Donna McLeod

“My support of Georgia Equality and its’ members is rooted in the belief that every person has a RIGHT to equality, fairness, safety and opportunity regardless of their sexual orientation.”

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Donna’s website, www.electdonnamcleod.com


District 107: Shelly Hutchinson

“I am honored and humbled to receive Georgia Equality’s endorsement. Due to the of those who came before us, we have made great strides in the fight for equality. However, our work is far from over. Although it may seem we have taken a step back in recent years, with continued efforts and progress I believe that love will win over hate and we can achieve equal justice for all. As your next State Representative, I will work hard to continue the progress we have made to ensure that all Georgians are treated with equal dignity and respect.”

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Shelly’s website, www.shellyforgeorgia.com


District 108: Jasmine Clark

“An inclusive GA, where no matter your race, gender, faith, or sexual orientation, you are treated and protected equally under the law, is a thriving GA! We need policymakers that understand that LGBTQ+ rights are human rights, period!”

 

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Jasmine’s website, jasmine4ga.com


District 109: Regina Lewis-Ward

“My public service record reflects one of anti-discrimination, inclusion, and acceptance. As a councilmember, I advocated against a hostile workplace, and secured funding to upgrade two parks with inclusive playground equipment. Through the Safe Space Training I learned to use LGBT – related terminology accurately and respectfully. Lastly, I will respond to anti-LGBT behavior when it occurs.”

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Regina’s website, https://www.votelewisward.com/


District 111: El-Mahdi Holly

“Thank you to Georgia Equality for your continued advocacy for LGBTQ rights. Together, we will make Henry County a place where every person, regardless of their background, feels safe and welcome to be a contributing and thriving member of our community.”

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit El-Mahdi’s website, https://www.elforstaterep.com/


District 113: Pam Dickerson (i)

Information coming soon.


District 117: Deborah Gonzalez (i)

 

 

 

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Deborah’s website, www.votedeborahgonzalez.com


District 119: Jonathan Wallace (i)

“Justice is not justice without equality, it’s only privilege. All people deserve the equal protection of the law. We cannot forget that LGBTQ Georgians have been denied that protection in the past, and some would still seek to deny that protection today. I serve to fight for that equality, so that everyone can love who they love, and be who they are.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Jonathan’s website, https://www.wallacefor119.com


District 144: Jessica Walden

“The issues of District 144 are an opportunity to dig deeper and identify areas of disparity that block access to healthcare, education, jobs and a decent quality of life. What I am ultimately running for is inclusion for all people of this region. My open heart and strong voice echoes were I stand. This isn’t us versus them. I stand with us all. I fight for us all. I show my love to each other through my service. And together, we lock arms and seek the same access to equality that we the people have always deserved.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Jessica’s website: https://www.jessicaforgeorgia.com/


District 153: Camia Hopson


 District 161: Adam Bridges

“I’m Adam Bridges, and I’m running for State House because I believe it’s time for our voices to matter again. I’m a husband, a father of four beautiful foster children, a U.S. Marine, a businessman, and I’m ready to give the people the voices they deserve. I’m running on a platform of inclusiveness for all, and I am proud to have the support of Georgia Equality. As an openly-gay candidate, I am ready to continue the fight for justice and equality in the Georgia House of Representatives. Together, we will build Bridges for a better tomorrow.”

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Adam’s website, https://bridgesforgeorgia.com/


 District 179: Julie Jordan

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Julie’s website, http://www.juliejordanforgeorgia.com/


Gwinnett County

County Commission District 2: Ben Ku


County Board of Education District 2: Wandy Taylor

“Now is the time to ensure that ALL students have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education while feeling safe, secure, and respected in their schools.”

 

 

 

For donation and volunteer information, please visit Wandy’s website, https://wandy4schoolboard.com/


 

* Indicates an openly LGBTQ incumbent/candidate