House District 85
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.