Election: A gay man in the Ga. General Assembly?

In State Senate District 47, Tim Riley, a gay mental health counselor who lives in Athens, is running as a Democrat for the same seat he sought in 2008. Riley, endorsed by the Atlanta Stonewall Democrats, faces Republican Frank Ginn, an engineer from Danielsville.

State Senate District 47 includes parts of Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties.

Joan Garner, a lesbian, also appears on the ballot for Fulton County Commission District 6. Garner, the winner of the Democratic primary, is assured the seat as she faces no competition in the general election.


Top photo: Tim Riley, a gay mental health counselor, is making his second bid for State Senate District 47. (Courtesy photo)