Georgia Senate District 6
Wan received the endorsements of Georgia Equality, Georgia Stonewall Democrats, the Human Rights Campaign and the Victory Fund, while Moore got the Georgia Log Cabin Republicans’ endorsement.
Fulton County Commission Chair
In the race for Fulton County Commission chair, lesbian former state Rep. Keisha Waites — who received endorsements from Georgia Equality and Georgia Stonewall Democrats — is up against former Fulton County Commissioner and Atlanta City Councilman Rob Pitts.
Pitts garnered 38 percent of the vote to Waites’ 34 percent on Nov. 7, with Sandy Springs City Councilmember Gabriel Sterling missing out on the runoff with 28 percent. Sterling, a Republican, said he is considering whether to endorse one of the two Democrats.
Waites or Pitts would take over for former Chair John Eaves, an LGBT ally who resigned the seat to make an ultimately unsuccessful run for Atlanta mayor. It’s unclear at this point if Eaves will endorse either of the two.
Georgia House District 60
Openly gay civic activist De’Andre Pick- ett made it to the runoff to replace Waites in state House District 60. Pickett received the endorsements of Georgia Equality and Georgia Stonewall Democrats and faces Kim Schofield on Dec. 5.
If he pulls out a win, Pickett would become the first openly LGBT African-American man elected in Georgia (former state Rep. Rashad Taylor, a gay African-American man, was outed in office in 2011 and did not win reelection).
State Senate District 6 will flip from red to blue next month thanks to a runoff featuring two Democratic candidates, but it’s the inclusion of one of those candidates that is making this race stand out even more. Jaha Howard, the Vinings dentist whose anti-LGBT, misogynistic Facebook posts were uncovered last month, will face attorney Jen Jordan.
Georgia Voice broke the story uncovering Howard’s Facebook posts made from 2011 to 2014, in which he said that he believes that “women should only teach other women” and wonders if there is a “a homosexual agenda in public education” and if the Girl Scouts “are being used to push a [sic] pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality positions.” The discovery of the posts led to Howard’s campaign manager resigning and a queer state representative to refute claims of an endorsement.
Howard apologized on his Facebook page several hours after the original story was posted, but in a follow-up dialogue with people in the comments section, he doubled down on some of the views, confirming that he believes being gay is a sin, that he doesn’t know whether being gay is a choice and that women shouldn’t be in the ministry. He refused calls for him to drop out of the race.
The seat, which includes parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs, has long been in Republican control and was left vacant when Hunter Hill resigned to run for Georgia governor. Howard came within four points of beating Hill last year.
Howard’s opponent, Jen Jordan, received the endorsements of Georgia Equality and Georgia Stonewall Democrats.
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