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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)

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