LGBT trailblazer Kecia Cunningham named Mayor Pro Tem of Decatur
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.