Georgia Equality Issues Early Endorsements
in a Handful of Key Legislative Races
“Our board of directors has decided to issue early endorsements in these races to highlight the importance of having openly gay and lesbian elected officials representing our community in the Georgia General Assembly,” stated executive director Jeff Graham.
“With primary elections coming up in a few short months, we wanted to stress to the community that we have a unique opportunity in 2014 to advance our issues in the legislature by electing a team of well qualified individuals who will champion the cause of LGBT equality and make advancing our legislative agenda a priority.”
Endorsements have been issued to the following incumbent candidates:
Rep. Karla Drenner
Rep. Simone Bell
Rep. Keisha Waites
Endorsements have also been issued in the following races where openly gay candidates are running to become the Democratic nominees for office:
Kyle Williams, State Senate District 42
Bob Gibeling, State House District 54
Representatives Drenner, Bell and Waites have proven themselves to be strong advocates for LGBT issues and have worked tirelessly over the past few years to build support for legislation such as the Fair Employment Practices Act and have advanced issues such as school safety, hate crimes and nondiscrimination policies. Re-electing these proven leaders is a top priority for Georgia Equality in 2014.
The board of Georgia Equality also feels that Williams and Gibeling, through their past advocacy and political work, have proven that they are well qualified for office and worthy of the support of the LGBT community in their bids to become the Democratic nominees in their respective districts.
“Georgia Equality has over 2,500 members in Senate District 42 and information from the 2010 census clearly indicates that this is the senate district with the largest concentration of LGBT voters in the State of Georgia,” commented Graham regarding the decision to support Williams. “Although previous office holders in this district have been supportive of LGBT issues, the LGBT citizens of this district and all Georgians who care about LGBT issues, have a unique opportunity to elect someone who will not only support our issues, but make our issues a priority.”
Graham added, “The board of directors also feels that the right Democratic nominee has a chance of winning the general election in House District 54. Given Gibeling’s strong ties to the district, we feel he is a viable candidate and support his bid to become the nominee. Given that this will be an open seat, it also gives us our best opportunity to shift from a seat that is currently non-supportive of the LGBT community to one that represents the pro-LGBT attitudes that residents of Buckhead have.”
All five endorsed candidates will be running in the Democratic Party Primary to be held on May 20, 2014. Additional endorsements in other contested Democratic and Republican primary races in will be issued after the qualifying period ends in early March.