LGBT ally Mary Norwood is running for Atlanta mayor

In 2009, Mary Norwood fell 700 votes short of defeating Kasim Reed to become Atlanta mayor. Now she's ready to take another crack at it. Norwood filed paperwork Wednesday morning to start raising money for the ...

Will Atlanta elect its first openly LGBT mayor?

Cathy Woolard is used to being first and she intends to keep it that way. She was the first candidate to declare in the upcoming Atlanta mayoral race, the first openly gay official in Georgia history when elect...
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Atlanta City Council District 5: Two gay candidates vie to unseat Natalyn Archibong

Two openly gay candidates are among the three vying for incumbent Natalyn Archibong's District 5 seat, a position she has held since first elected in 2001. A fourth candidate, Jon Jones, who is also gay, announced he was dropping out of the race this week and is now backing Archibong. Other candidates are Matt Rinker and Christian Enterkin, who are openly gay; and John Paul Michalik. All are first-time candidates.

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Gay incumbents draw opposition in Nov. 5 election

Campaigns are starting to heat up for the Nov. 5 election and at least two gay incumbents have drawn challengers in their races for reelection. 

Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan is serving his first term representing the heavily gay District 6 post after being sworn into office in 2010. When elected he became the first openly gay man, as well as the fi rst Asian-American, to serve on the council. 

He’s drawn two challengers, who filed right before the Aug. 30 qualifying deadline — Tracey Austin, a mother who is active in the Morningside elementary school programs; and Mike Boyle, neighborhood activist and a stay-at-home dad who is currently seeking with the help of investors to find a small business to purchase and operate on his own.