A rough round of runoffs for LGBT candidates

Gay rights supporters in Atlanta. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

A trio of LGBT candidates was defeated in a round of Tuesday runoff elections that reshaped metro Atlanta’s political landscape.

City Council president candidate Alex Wan was bested by Felicia Moore, leaving the council without an openly gay member for the first time in about two decades.

Fulton County Commission chair contender Keisha Waites was soundly defeated in her contest.  And De’Andre Pickett, who was vying to be the fifth LGBT member of the Georgia House, also lost his bid for public office.

Some metro Atlanta LGBT leaders hoped Tuesday would be a defining moment for the community. There were at least 16 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates on the ballots in November’s vote, a collection of city and special elections. Only a handful won office.

Still, some say the community’s role has increased so much that some LGBT leaders say it might have reached a turning point.

Charlie Stadtlander said that a few years ago, gay candidates often made their sexual orientation a centerpiece of their campaign — and gay voters sometimes made it a defining factor behind their vote.

Now, he said, “being gay is no longer a litmus test for who we vote for.”

Case in point: In his unsuccessful November bid to become one of the first openly gay members on Atlanta’s school board, he noted with a chuckle, his opponents’ financial disclosures were dotted with LGBT couples.

“Gay candidates are getting looked at on their merits. And when you look at these candidates on their merits, you discover they’re mostly awesome candidates that just happen to be gay,” he said. “It’s becoming more of a nonissue, and gay voters feel more comfortable crossing over and voting for a straight candidate.”

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MugofJoe
MugofJoe

Charlie is right. His neighbors living in his community know how unqualified he is to hold any elected office. We didn't elect him this cycle for ABOE at large; a few cycles back for ABOE District 3, or City Council District Seat. SAVE YOUR QUALIFYING FEE CHARLIE. WE'RE NEVER GOING TO ELECT YOU TO ANYTHING.

Alex Wan, on the other hand, is an exceptionally qualified and ethical candidate. We will cast our votes for him in any race he enters. Atlanta missed the mark in not electing him as City Council President. We all lose as a result.

tilecanasa
tilecanasa

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tipstotips
tipstotips

Receiving votes due to their merits instead of their color or sexual preferences! Now there's a revolutionary idea.

..Olivia
..Olivia

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Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Reed wins third term, no revision of corruption manual needed now, City Hall can send out the same kickback forms, Happy Days Are Here Again 

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