House District 85

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Openly gay can­di­date Bob Gi­bel­ing, trea­surer of the LGBT Cau­cus of the Demo­cratic Party of Georgia, has an up­hill bat­tle to fight against in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Rep. Beth Be­skin. If he’s able to pull out a win, he would be­come the first openly gay male to be elected to the Georgia leg­is­la­ture—Rashad Tay­lor was outed while in of­fice and did not win re­elec­tion. A June 30 cam­paign dis­clo­sure re­port shows he has

Septem­ber 16, 2016

Openly queer state Rep. Park Can­non can rest easy in HD58, which in­cludes south­west At­lanta, down­town and Mid­town. She beat for­mer state Rep. Ralph Long in a spe­cial elec­tion runoff in Fe­bru­ary to re­place Si­mone Bell, who re­signed last Novem­ber. Can­non had no chal­lengers in the May pri­mary nor has any chal­lengers in Novem­ber’s gen­eral elec­tion. Mean­while, she’s been busy cam­paign­ing hard for Hil­lary Clin­ton, mak­ing ap­pear­ances with openly gay for­mer Mas­sachusetts Con­gress­man Bar­ney Frank in July, snag­ging a speak­ing role later that week at the Demo­cratic con­ven­tion and tak­ing part in a Mil­len­ni­als for Hil­lary ef­fort ear­lier this week.

House District 60

Les­bian state Rep. Keisha Waites tech-

Now this is the one to watch. Rep. Tay­lor Ben­nett made his op­po­si­tion to anti-LGBT so-called “re­li­gious free­dom” leg­is­la­tion the cen­ter­piece of his suc­cess­ful cam­paign in last year’s elec­tion for this Repub­li­can-lean­ing Brookhaven district. It was per­sonal to him, see­ing as his mother and sis­ter are both les­bians. Ben­nett had raised $41,500 and had $32,200 as of June 30, with his Repub­li­can chal­lenger Mea­gan Han­son rais­ing $74,000 and hav­ing $22,000 on hand as of July 26. The Georgia GOP would love to get this seat back so if you’re in Brookhaven, you’ve prob­a­bly got mail for the next two months.

Les­bian state Rep. Karla Dren­ner isn’t go­ing any­where. She faced no op­po­si­tion in the May pri­mary and has no op­po­si­tion in the gen­eral and will be elected to her eighth term in of­fice come Novem­ber. HD85 in­cludes Avon­dale Es­tates, Clark­ston, De­catur and parts of Belvedere Park and Can­dler-McAfee.

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