LGBT trail­blazer Ke­cia Cun­ning­ham named Mayor Pro Tem of De­catur

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Ke­cia Cun­ning­ham, who made his­tory in 1999 when she be­came the first openly gay African Amer­i­can elected to pub­lic of­fice in Ge­or­gia and the South­east, was named mayor pro tem of De­catur.

Cun­ning­ham has served on the De­catur City Com­mis­sion since her his­toric vic­tory more than a decade ago. De­catur com­mis­sion­ers elect the city’s mayor and mayor pro tem out of their ranks.

Cun­ning­ham was voted unan­i­mously to the post Jan. 7 dur­ing the first com­mis­sion meet­ing of the new year. The city’s new mayor is Jim Bas­kett.

De­catur has changed since 1999, Cun­ning­ham said.

“We’ve gone from be­ing a sleepy ham­let to a poster child for smart growth with a really ac­tive and vi­able down­town,” she said. “De­catur is a good place to live, work and play.”

Cun­ning­ham’s life has also changed. She iden­ti­fies as bi­sex­ual and said she gives honor to her former girl­friend of 17 years as well as to the man with whom she is cur­rently in a re­la­tion­ship.

“I want to thank ev­ery­one who has sup­ported me over the years and say I will con­tinue to work hard to make De­catur a great place for all fam­ily styles,” she said.

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