CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 his sexuality, saying, “It’s important to have a judge who represents the face of your community. In the context of family law, I have a little more appreciation for the dynamics that come with a gay divorce or gay adoption.”
But Alembik adds, “Does that create a bias? Absolutely not. Does my being gay define me as a judge? Absolutely not. I know there are some folks in our community who would like me to speak a little louder about my sexuality but it doesn’t define me. I know who I am and I’m passionate about what I do, especially in terms of being a judge. What the voters should be looking for is the level of experience that comes with a candidate and what change they can bring to whatever position they’re running for.”
Alembik has the lead in fundraising over his opponent Eric Dunaway, with $213,542 in contributions and $96,403.70 on hand versus $184,877.24 and $38,867.20 on hand for Dunaway as of a June 30 campaign disclosure report.
After the July 26 runoffs it’s on to the general elections in November where, in addition
2016 runoff elections
to the possibility of Vie and Alembik, there are several other openly LGBT candidates in the running. Those facing no opposition and are guaranteed another term include state Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta), state Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), Fulton County State Court Judge Jane Morrison and Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner. State Rep. Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta) faces Republican truck driver Ralph Nobles in House District 60 but is expected to land a third straight term. So the race of interest concerning LGBT candidates is House District 54, where openly gay candidate Bob Gibeling faces a stiff challenge against incumbent Republican Rep. Beth Beskin.
Lesbian family law attorney Valerie Vie faces off against attorney William Boddie, Jr. in the House District 62 race. (Courtesy photo)