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I am a firm be­liever that ev­ery vote mat­ters. In the ter­ri­fy­ing 2016 elec­tion, an es­ti­mated 231,556,622 of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers did not vote at all. In a sys­tem based on elec­toral votes rather than the pop­u­lar vote (I’ll save that soap­box for an­other day) these votes can and will change the course of Amer­i­can his­tory. This year, we have a nearly un­prece­dented bal­lot for Novem­ber 6th. The first black woman to be nom­i­nated for gov­er­nor (Stacey Abrams), the only open LGBTQ woman elected for the City of At­lanta (Park Can­non), the first openly gay man elected to of­fice in Ge­or­gia (Sam Park), as well as a glo­ri­ous amount of open LGBTQ can­di­dates for other lo­cal of­fices. In the 2016 elec­tion, 85% of leg­isla­tive races in Ge­or­gia were un­op­posed, many of whom were Repub­li­can. For the 2018 elec­tion, we have pro­gres­sive can­di­dates run­ning for many

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of these seats. The midterm bal­lots can be a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing. We’ve all seen the cam­paign ads for Stacey Abrams, who is “too ex­treme for Ge­or­gia,” ac­cord­ing to com­mer­cials from Brian Kemp, who ap­par­ently points guns at peo­ple. But I haven’t seen any com­mer­cials for Com­mis­sioner of Agri­cul­ture or Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion District 5. There are large amounts of can­di­dates for each in­di­vid­ual district, and I en­cour­age you to check out Ge­or­gia Equal­ity Pac for a thor­ough list. Fol­low­ing are the statewide nom­i­nees that Ge­or­gia Equal­ity Pac has en­dorsed. “I am proud to have earned Ge­or­gia Equal­ity’s en­dorse­ment, and am priv­i­leged to have been a strong ally to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity in the leg­is­la­ture. I have a vi­sion for Ge­or­gia where equal­ity fos­ters pros­per­ity, and ev­ery fam­ily has the op­por­tu­nity to suc­ceed – not just sur­vive. LGBTQ Ge­or­gians are crit­i­cal part­ners in en­sur­ing that vi­sion be­comes a re­al­ity. “ “I am run­ning to be the next Lt. Gov­er­nor of Ge­or­gia to im­prove the lives of all Ge­or­gians. This in­cludes pro­tect­ing the LGBTQ com­mu­nity from dis­crim­i­na­tion. In­di­vid­u­als should be able to pur­sue their goals no mat­ters what they look like, how they pray, or who they love. Al­though I at­tend an Evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian church, I have al­ways been vo­cal in my dis­agree­ment with their anti-LGBTQ stances. I am not afraid to stand up for what is right.” “From the time that I was in col­lege through my time in Congress, I’ve worked with mem­bers of the LGBT com­mu­nity to pro­mote equal rights. I’ve spent my life work­ing to make life bet­ter for folks all over east Ge­or­gia and south Ge­or­gia, and I’d be hon­ored to have the op­por­tu­nity to make it eas­ier to do busi­ness, pro­tect the right to vote, and en­sure the se­cu­rity of our elec­tions from fraud and for­eign in­ter­fer­ence.” “The At­tor­ney Gen­eral is sup­posed to be the one en­tity above all that is en­trusted to pro­tect the peo­ple of Ge­or­gia. That is my first and only pri­or­ity as At­tor­ney Gen­eral. Whether it is pro­tect­ing Ge­or­gians from gangs, stop­ping scam­mers, stand­ing up to Fed­eral over­reach, or end­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion I am here to pro­tect ev­ery Geor­gian. If some of us are not pro­tected, none of us are.” “Work­ing in higher ed­u­ca­tion over the past twenty years, I have de­vel­oped many close re­la­tion­ships with LGBT stu­dents and friends and am acutely aware of the chal­lenges they of­ten face at home and in the work­place.”

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