Election: A look at candidates running for office The GA Voice Editors October 29, 2010 Georgia GA. GOVERNOR DEMOCRAT Roy E. BarnesOccupation: Attorney Residence: Marietta, GAWebsite: www.roy2010.com• Became first sitting Georgia governor to address a gay rights group when he was keynote speaker for an Atlanta Executive Network meeting. • Appointed openly gay citizens to state boards and signed Georgia’s first hate crimes law.• Met with gay donors at an LGBT Democratic Party fundraiser on Oct. 25, 2010• Would support a new hate crimes law for Georgia• Pledges non-discrimination on sexual orientation in his hiring• Says he would have supported 2004 state amendment to ban gay marriage REPUBLICAN Nathan DealOccupation: Former Congressman Residence: Gainesville, GAWebsite: www.dealforgovernor.com• As a member of the U.S. House, consistently received scores of zero on HRC’s Congressional report card for LGBT issues and voted for a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.• In current campaign, ran anti-gay ads during GOP primary that included an attack on YouthPride, which provides support to LGBT young people. LIBERTARIAN John H. MondsOccupation: Home Maker Residence: Cairo, GAWebsite: www.votemonds.com• Includes support for “protecting an individual’s right to marry” on his website, noting that “As governor, I will not let my religious conviction (or that of others), get in the way of advocating civil rights for all Georgians, homosexual and heterosexual alike.”• Participated in the Atlanta Pride parade• Platform of Libertarian Party of Georgia includes advocating for repeal of all laws regarding sex between consenting adults; opposes all laws that “attempt to classify people” on the basis of categories including sexual orientation, meaning they oppose hate crimes and employment non-discrimination laws; opposes government attempts to regulate private discrimination; and notes that “we hold that individual rights should not be denied or abridged on the basis of sex or sexual preference.” According to the platform, “we call for repeal of all legislation and state policies intended to condemn, affirm, encourage or discourage sexual lifestyles or any set of attitudes about such lifestyles.” LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DEMOCRAT Carol PorterOccupation: Gen. manager, Courier Herald PublishingResidence: Atlanta, GAWebsite: www.carolporter4ga.com• Met with gay donors at an LGBT Democratic Party fundraiser on Oct. 25.• Says she will have an “open door” to discuss hate crimes laws and employment discrimination REPUBLICAN L.S. Casey CagleOccupation: Lt. governor and businessmanResidence: Gainesville, GAWebsite: www.caseycagle.com• In 2006 interview, reiterated opposition to gay marriage and said he would oppose any legislation to give “civil union” type rights to gay couples. LIBERTARIAN Dan Barber Occupation: Self Employed Residence: Buford, GAWebsite: www.votedanbarber.com• See note about Libertarian Party platform listed under Governor / John Monds. U.S. SENATE DEMOCRAT Michael “Mike” Thurmond Occupation: Commissioner of Labor Residence: Decatur, GAWebsite: www.mikethurmondforussenate.com• Supports Employment Non-Discrimination Act, civil unions and repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”• Opposes amending U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage• Met with gay donors at an LGBT Democratic Party fundraiser on Oct. 25. REPUBLICAN Johnny IsaksonOccupation: United States senatorResidence: Atlanta, GA Website: www.johnnyisakson.com• Voted against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and against adding sexual orientation to federal hate crimes law• Received a score of 20 out of 100 on the most recent HRC scorecard on LGBT and HIV issues. LIBERTARIAN Chuck DonovanOccupation: AviatorWebsite: www.donovanforsenate.com• Opposes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”• See note about Libertarian Party platform listed under Governor / John Monds. SECRETARY OF STATE DEMOCRAT Georganna SinkfieldOccupation: Real Estate SalesResidence: Atlanta, GAWebsite: www.sinkfield2010.com• Endorsed by the Atlanta Stonewall Democrats• As a member of the Georgia House, voted against the state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and against a bill to prevent cities from requiring private businesses to offer domestic partner benefits to be eligible for city contracts. REPUBLICAN Brian KempOccupation: Small Business Owner Residence: Athens, GAWebsite: www.KempMeansBusiness.com• As a member of Georgia Senate, voted for state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. LIBERTARIAN David ChastainOccupation: Logistics Management analystResidence: Marietta, GAWebsite: www.Chastain2010.com• See note about Libertarian Party platform listed under Governor / John Monds. ATTORNEY GENERAL DEMOCRAT Ken HodgesOccupation: Attorney Residence: Atlanta, GAWebsite: www.kenhodges.com• Did not apply for the Atlanta Stonewall Democrats endorsement in the primary, and did not respond to a GA Voice candidate survey. REPUBLICAN Sam OlensOccupation: Attorney Residence: Marietta, GAWebsite: www.olensforag.com• Did not respond to the GA Voice candidate survey.• Generally perceived as having brought a more moderate, business-focused tone to Cobb County when he became head of the Cobb County Commission, which had previously made international headlines with a 1993 resolution calling homosexuality “incompatible with community standards.” LIBERTARIAN Don SmartOccupation: Attorney Residence: Savannah, GAWebsite: www.smartforattorneygeneral.com• See note about Libertarian Party platform listed under Governor / John Monds. INSURANCE COMMISSIONER DEMOCRAT Mary SquiresOccupation: Consultant Residence: AtlantaWebsite: www.marysquires.com• As a member of the Georgia Senate, spoke out and voted against the 2004 state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage• Endorsements include openly gay State Rep. Karla Drenner REPUBLICAN Ralph T. HudgensOccupation: Investor Residence: Hull, GAWebsite: www.ralphhudgens.com• Website touts that he “100 percent pro-life and a champion of various pro-family causes.” LIBERTARIAN Shane BruceOccupation: InstallerResidence: Atlanta, GA• Attended Atlanta Pride Parade with the Libertarian Party• See note about Libertarian Party platform listed under Governor / John Monds. STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DEMOCRAT Joe MartinOccupation: Education and Business Residence: Atlanta, GAWebsite: www.joemartin.org• Asked in Georgia Voice survey about a possible statewide non-discrimination law covering private businesses, states, “Sexual orientation and gender identity should not be a factor in the hiring and promotion of all employees, but I do not favor a state law in this regard beyond the federal laws on non-discrimination.”• Supports civil unions, but notes: “All of the legal rights that are available to straight couples should be available to gay couples, who have entered into a legally binding civil union, but the most constructive direction at this time would be to seek to improve mutual understanding among all citizens instead of pressing for legal changes to re-define the definition of marriage.” REPUBLICAN John BargeOccupation: Education Administrator Residence: Rome, GAWebsite: www.electjohnbarge.com• Did not respond to a GA Voice candidate survey. LIBERTARIAN Kira Griffiths WillisOccupation: Teacher Residence: Roswell, GAWebsite: www.willisforstatesuper.com• See note about Libertarian Party platform listed under Governor / John Monds. FULTON CO. COMMISSION CHAIR DEMOCRAT John EavesOccupation: County Commission chair• Endorsed by Georgia Equality and Atlanta Stonewall Democrats• Supports marriage rights for gay couples REPUBLICAN Steve BroadbentOccupation: Retired Navy Commander and businessman• Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans• Told GA Voice he will not change Fulton County’s domestic partner benefits, but did not give a direct answer when asked where he stands on gay marriage. “The Fulton County Board of Commissioners has nothing to do with marriage rights for gay couples in the State of Georgia. Voicing an opinion on this issue only diverts attention away from the critical issues facing Fulton County,” he said. SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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