The importance of electing fair-minded candidates in cities and counties around the state cannot be understated. In a time when the state and federal governments provide uncertain paths for nondiscrimination protections bills, we’re continuing to push for those protections at the municipal level. Atlanta, Chamblee, Clarkston, Doraville, and Dunwoody have already passed non-discrimination protections for their citizens, and we at Georgia Equality are working to see that list grow. Municipal elections are so important to our movement and every LGBTQ person and ally should vote this year.
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.
This list of endorsed candidates is:
Mayor: John Ernst
District 3: Madeleine Simmons
City Council: Andrea Cervone
Mayor: Joseph Geierman
City Council District 1: Andy Yeoman
City Council Ward A: Davion Lewis
City Council Ward D: Erica Dean
Mayor: Van Johnson
At-Large Post 1: Kesha Gibson-Carter
At-Large Post 2: Tony Center
District 2: Bill Durrence(i)
District 3: Linda Wilder-Bryan
District 6: Kurtis Purtee
Early voting is happeneing now through November 1, 2019. For more information and to find out where to vote, please visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page.
Georgia Equality is working in support of pro-equality candidates in some of the closest races in our state. WE NEED YOUR HELP to make sure that they win. Click below to find out how to get involved!
With two weeks left until Election Day, we need everyone who can to volunteer in support of some of our endorsed candidates.
Taylor Bennett is a strong ally of our community who voted against the discriminatory so-called “religious liberty” bill earlier this year. Now he’s in a tight race for reelection against someone who refuses to take the same stand in opposing discrimination.
Sam Park is long-time advocate for and member of the LGBT community who we can trust to stand with us on the hard votes. He is running to unseat an incumbent who voted to legalize discrimination and will likely do so again when new bills are introduced in January.