The race to replace Attorney General Thurbert Baker, who is running for governor, is the only statewide race where both Georgia Equality and the Atlanta Stonewall Democrats issued endorsements.

Both LGBT political groups backed Rep. Rob Teilhet, a Democrat. As a member of the Georgia House, he voted against the 2004 state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

“He is with us the majority of the time,” said GE Executive Director Jeff Graham, noting that Teilhet supports “basic fairness issues in terms of employment protection, supporting basic rights and existing law as it relates to our families and relationships.”

None of the candidates returned the Georgia Voice survey.

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Sam Olens
Age: 52
Occupation: Attorney
Residence: Marietta, GA
• 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.” 

Preston W. Smith
Age: 37
Occupation: Attorney/Business Executive
Residence: Rome, GA
• As a member of Georgia Senate, voted for state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Max Wood
Age: 50
Occupation: Attorney
Residence: Macon, GA


Ken Hodges
Age: 44
Occupation: attorney
Residence: Atlanta, GA

Rob Teilhet
Age: 36
Occupation: Lawyer
Residence: Smyrna, GA
• Endorsed by Atlanta Stonewall Democrats
• Attended 2010 HRC dinner
• As a member of the Georgia House, voted against the state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and for a bill to prevent cities from requiring private businesses to offer domestic partner benefits to be eligible for city contracts.