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Atlanta City Council District 6: Alex Wan challenged by political newcomers

Alex Wan is seeking his second term on the Atlanta City Council and faces competition from two LGBT friendly straight candidates. As part of our election guide coverage, we asked each extensive questions related to LGBT communities and the city. Here are their responses. While the election is non-partisan, all candidates were asked for their party affiliation to provide more information to readers.

District 6 includes: Ansley Park, Atkins Park, Brookwood Hills (effective Jan. 1), Candler Park, Druid Hills, Lindridge/Martin Manor, Midtown, Morningside/Lenox Park, Piedmont Heights, Sherwood Forest, Virginia-Highland.

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Opinion: Don’t vote for Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan just because he’s gay

I must caution our community about its blind support for Alex Wan. In March The Advocate published an op-ed cautioning the city of New York against supporting candidates simply based on their sexual orientation. I encourage everyone to read this, as it is an issue faced by any metropolitan area with a significant LGBTQ population.

In the run-up to his election to represent Atlanta City Council District 6, Mr. Wan drew heavily upon the support of our community. In 2009 he won his seat and we had great hope and expectation that he would make the LGBTQ community proud. He had the opportunity to be a transformational figure in the politics of our city. He failed.

My concerns about Mr. Wan go far beyond Cheshire Bridge Road. His zoning proposal seems an attempt to have a “key accomplishment” going into re-election. He attempted to destroy businesses, LGBTQ and otherwise. Luckily his ill-conceived proposal failed.

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Atlanta City Council pushes toward Sunday retail alcohol sales

The Atlanta City Council is considering a measure that would allow city voters to decide in November whether or not to allow retail alcohol sales on Sunday.

Sunday alcohol sales are supported by City Council Members Alex Wan, Kwanza Hall, Cleta Winslow, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michael Julian Bond, H. Lamar Willis, and Yolanda Adrean, according to a press release from the council.

Wan, councilmember for Atlanta's District 6, is the first openly gay man to serve on the council. He asked supporters on Facebook last week whether or not they supported Sunday alcohol sales. Nearly everyone who responded voiced support for the measure.

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Joan Garner takes oath of office as first openly gay Fulton Co. Commissioner

Joan Garner, Fulton Co. Commission District 6

It was an historic day today as Joan Garner, the first openly gay person elected to the Fulton County Commission, took her oath of office and officially began work as a member of the governing board.

At her side as she was sworn in was her partner of 11 years, attorney Jane Morrison.Garner also had a cheering section in the room who clapped as she entered the room with the other Fulton County Commissioners who were also sworn in today as part of the inauguration ceremony.

Garner was sworn in by her friend, Cynthia D. Wright, Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County.