House Dis­trict 85

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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.

House Dis­trict 60

Les­bian state Rep. Keisha Waites tech­ni­cally has op­po­si­tion in this dis­trict cov­er­ing south­east At­lanta, Hapeville and parts of Clayton and Dekalb coun­ties. But she is ex­pected to land a third straight term in

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 is gay. Ben­nett had raised around $125,000 as of Sept. 30, with his Repub­li­can chal­lenger Mea­gan Han­son rais­ing roughly the same. See ac­com­pa­ny­ing story on this race on page 8.

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

Oc­to­ber 28, 2016

One more LGBT can­di­date is in the run­ning this Novem­ber. At­tor­ney Sam Park joins Bob Gi­bel­ing as the two openly LGBT males run­ning for the state leg­is­la­ture, and ei­ther of them would make his­tory by pulling out a win. Park, a Demo­crat, is run­ning against in­cum­bent state Rep. Va­lerie Clark, who has tripled him in the money race as of a Sept. 30 fil­ing. Clark was first elected to the seat in 2010, beat­ing out Demo­crat Lee Thomp­son by eight points. She won re­elec­tion in 2012 by beat­ing openly gay Demo­crat Ti­mothy Swiney (who ran as a Repub­li­can in the pre­vi­ous race) by 13 points. She was unopposed in 2014. HD 101 in­cludes Lawrenceville and Suwa­nee.

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