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.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the sudden death of Allen Thornell, an Atlanta activist who worked tirelessly on LGBT, HIV and other issues.
In the Democratic primary for the District 6 seat on the Fulton County Commission, lesbian candidates Joan Garner and Keisha Waites appear headed for a runoff.