Ge­or­gia Se­nate Dis­trict 6

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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.

Visit www.the­ge­or­giavoice.com for an ex­panded ver­sion of this story, in­clud­ing en­dorse­ments from lo­cal and na­tional LGBT groups.

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