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Victory for gay East Point councilman; defeat for ATL School candidate targeted by transphobia

Tuesday's runoff election returned an openly gay East Point City Council member to office, but saw an Atlanta School Board candidate attacked in transphobic mailers go down in defeat.

East Point City Council member Lance Rhodes, seeking his third term, was instrumental in getting domestic partner benefits passed for city employees.

Rhodes garnered 49.52 percent of the Nov. 8 general election vote while Karen Rene received 45.22 and Marie T. Williams got 5.05, according to official Fulton County election results. Because no candidate achieved 50 percent plus one vote, the top two advanced to the runoff.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Fulton County Board of Elections showed Rhodes winning the East Point Election with 52.32 percent of the vote, or 383 votes, and Rene with 47.68 percent, or 349 votes.

Rhodes was endorsed by LGBT political group Georgia Equality for the third time and also received the endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund for the third time.

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Runoff Election results

East Point City Council runoff candidates

Victory for gay East Point councilman; defeat for ATL School candidate targeted by transphobia

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Gay East Point incumbent faces political newcomer in Dec. 6 runoff

East Point City Council runoff candidates

Openly gay East Point City Council member Lance Rhodes faces a Dec. 6 runoff with Karen Rene, a first-time political candidate.

Rhodes garnered 49.52 percent of the Nov. 8 vote while Rene received 45.22 and Marie T. Williams got 5.05, according to official Fulton County election results. Because no candidate achieved 50 percent plus one vote, the top two advance to the runoff.

Rhodes, seeking his third term on the council, was instrumental in getting domestic partner benefits passed for city employees.

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Mixed results for gay candidates in Ga. races

Kenneth DeLeon running for local office

At least five openly gay candidates were on the ballot in municipal races around Georgia yesterday. Based on unofficial results from county election boards, at least one has won outright, a Savannah hopeful and a Milton incumbent were defeated, a gay incumbent in East Point faces a runoff, and another East Point hopeful barely missed a runoff vote.

One lesbian incumbent became officially victorious as soon as polls closed at 7 p.m.Tuesday. Decatur City Commissioner Kecia Cunningham, who was first elected in 1999 and was the first African-American openly gay elected official in Georgia, ran unopposed this election cycle, securing her another term serving District 2, Post B, in the gay-popular Atlanta suburb.

Cunningham is one of at least 12 openly gay elected officials currently serving around the state.

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Two gay candidates in bids for East Point City Council

At least two gay candidates will be on the ballot for East Point City Council. The official qualifying period for candidates for the November election ended Friday.

Openly gay incumbent East Point City Councilmember Lance Rhodes faces two challengers in his bid for reelection to represent Ward B: Marie T. Williams and Karen Rene.

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Gay East Point councilmember endorsed by Georgia Equality, Victory Fund

Georgia Equality, the state’s largest LGBT political advocacy group, announced today its endorsement of Lance Rhodes for East Point City Council – Ward B. This is the third time that Rhodes has received Georgia Equality’s backing.

Georgia Equality cites the two-term councilmember’s ability to introduce and pass “several pieces of legislation that advance equality” as the motivation for the endorsement.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has also endorsed Rhodes for a third time.