A Democratic candidate in a competitive state Senate race has expressed a series of anti-LGBT and misogynistic views per social media posts unearthed this week. Dr. Jaha Howard, a pediatric dentist in Vinings running for state Senate District 6, said that he believes that “women should only teach other women” and wonders if there is a “a homosexual agenda in public education” and if the Girl Scouts “are being used to push a [sic] pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality positions.” The discovery of the posts led to Howard’s campaign manager resigning and a queer state representative to refute claims of an endorsement.

The following is a series of anti-LGBT posts Howard has made.

 

 

 

Here Howard targets both women in the ministry and the LGBT community.

Here again on women in the ministry.

Justin Holsomback, who came on as Howard’s campaign manager in June, confirmed with Georgia Voice that he resigned in reaction to the posts.

“Before I interviewed for the position, I knew that Dr. Howard had a reputation as a moderate,” he said. “It has come to my attention that that is not the case and I could not continue on his campaign.”

Howard sent an email to supporters on Tuesday morning touting the endorsements of 12 members of the state Legislature, including queer state Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta). 

 

A few hours later, another email went out with a revised list with Cannon’s name notably sent.

And Cannon posted this on her Facebook page the following day:

There are 28 days until the November 7th Election. #Vote
It has come to my attention that my name has erroneously been added to an endorsement list.
Let me be clear that if I endorse someone, you will see it on my page FIRST.
If I believe in someone, I will be their most vocal cheerleader.
If I can clarify an endorsement for you, please contact me directly.

Howard was the Democratic candidate for the Senate District 6 seat in a race against Republican incumbent state Sen. Hunter Hill last year and lost by 3.8 points. The seat became vacant following Hunter Hill’s resignation to run for Georgia governor.

The Democrats joining Howard in the race are Jen Jordan and Taos Wynn. The Republican candidates are Charlie Fiveash, Kathy Eichenblatt, Leah Aldridge, Leo Smith and Matt Bentley. Jordan has gained the endorsements of Georgia Equality, Georgia Stonewall Democrats and several progressive organizations. The district covers parts of Northwest Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Marietta, Smyrna and Vinings.

We’ve reached out to Howard about the posts and will update the story if we get a response.

12 Responses

  1. Dw

    In 5 years there will be pictures of him
    And his undercover lifestyle. These are always the ones that get caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

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  2. Love

    Oh please. He”s christian, and whoever pulled this from his FB you would know that. His answers are true to who he is, and his beliefs. If you have a problem with that, then you need to evaluate yourself and why you have a problem with his belief system. Most Christians do not agree with a gay lifestyle, or fornication, or murder, or stealing, or adultery, etc. No sin is greater than the next, but it still does not negate the fact that it is a sin.

    This article is much to do about nothing.

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    • MAD FORD

      A black man who discriminates is worst than all the rest. This is why people MUST VOTE to keep people like him out of office. Trump/Pence/Ryan is making that loud and clear.

      Reply
    • John randolph

      The fact that you believe homosexuality is a sin tells me all I need to know about your silly religious beliefs.

      Reply
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