On December 1st, all five Stonewall-endorsed Candidates
were elected to office! With an unprecedented grassroots effort, the City of Atlanta & the Georgia State House election results became
part of history this Tuesday.
Please consider supporting our efforts by making a donation to Atlanta Stonewall Democrats today at www.atlantastonewall.org/contribute.
Here's how our efforts helped shape a new day for our City and State:
- More Atlanta Residents turned out to vote in the December 1st runoff Election than in the general Election on November 3rd by almost 11,000 new voters! For results, click here
Second - Stonewall-endorsed candidate State Senator Kasim Reed came from a 2nd-place finish on November 3rd to narrowly win on December 1st, defying normal odds for a runoff and became Atlanta's next Mayor. (Historically, only about 30% of 2nd place finishers are victorious in a runoff election)
Third - Ceasar Mitchell and Aaron Watson won their elections for City Council President and City Council At-Large respectively.
Fourth - Alex Wan became the first openly gay man and the first Asian-American to be elected to Atlanta City Council. With a 20-point victory margin, voters of the 6th District gave Alex a remarkable show of confidence.
Fifth - last and not least, Simone Bell became the first out, African-American lesbian to be elected to any state legislature in the country. She joins fellow out State Representative Karla Drenner at our State Capitol in January. When they said it couldn't be done, Simone's unique abilities and community experience were recognized by the voters of the 58th State Hosue district with a sweeping 12-point win.
With a slate of pro-LGBT law-makers elected, Stonewall Democrats have much to be proud of! Will you support Atlanta Stonewall Democrats by becoming a member today?
Your $35 membership begins this year and carries through 2010, and your donations make it possible for Atlanta Stonewall to continue to support pro-LGBT candidates through campaign activities such as phone banking and canvassing, media events, community and educational outreach programs, and member & candidate training opportunities.
Thank you and Happy Holidays to everyone!
There will be a Runoff Election on Tuesday December 1st for many elected offices. Please use the link below to see our endorsed candidates for these offices and to find information on the December 1st Runoff Elections
CLICK HERE FOR OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES FOR THE DECEMBER 1, 2009 RUNOFF ELECTIONS
*archive below from November 3, 2009*
Click Here for Press Release | Click Here for Questionnaire
Atlanta Stonewall Democrats is pleased to announce our 2009 Candidate Endorsements. For a full list of our Endorsements, Press Release , click here.
We encourage all our members and supporters to use the links below and SIGN-UP for candidate email lists, volunteer for their campaigns, contribute to them if you can, and spread the word about these fair-minded Democrats who need our support in this year's election on November 3rd, 2009. Stay tuned for an important announcement of upcoming events where you can meet our candidates all at once, network with other Stonewall supporters, and get more information about our candidates. Thank you for your continued support.
Kasim Reed for Mayor
"What earns Kasim our endorsement in a race where nearly all the candidates voice support for LGBT equality is performance over promises. We value his strong record in the legislature, his status as one who can bring a fresh, outsider’s vision to a city government that has largely broken down, and his proven ability to establish productive relationships with a Republican state legislature and governor. As Atlanta attempts to recover from the current financial struggles, Kasim’s solid leadership, proven results and knowledge of all levels of government are what Atlanta needs in a Mayor."
Ceasar Mitchell for Atlanta City Council President
"Ceasar Mitchell is currently a City Councilman At-Large. He has long worked to cultivate a strong relationship with LGBT Atlantans, promoting various non-profit and civic engagements devoted to civil rights. Ceasar is strongly committed to protecting existing domestic-partner benefits for Atlanta city employees, while also working proactively to urge the state Legislature to pass anti-bullying legislation. Ceasar also recognizes that the city has room for improvement in how it supports transgender Atlantans through municipal policies, and supports improving those policies as City Council President"
Adam Brackman for Atlanta City Council Post 1 at-Large
"Adam brings a forward thinking, fresh outlook to City operations. Having organizational experience from his IBM career, he is already proposing ways to make the City Council and its operations more open, honest and transparent for city residents. A well qualified candidate, who happens to be gay, he is one of the more impressive and aggressive thinkers on the campaign trail. With his ear to the ground from neighborhood meetings and community involvement, he has focused on what people want: safer streets, a city government that can manage its finances, and productive, efficient and responsive services. His expertise in analyzing the efficiency of government service delivery will be a welcome addition to the Council"
Aaron Watson for Atlanta City Council Post 2 at-Large
"Aaron’s elected office experience shows how he understands budgeting, the effective implementation of accountability standards and the need to fulfill a group leadership role. Since his school board service, Aaron has most recently been working on the challenges of establishing sensible transportation options. He seeks to link neighborhoods, promote smart land use, controlled housing density and establishing protected green space. At a crucial time for Atlanta, this is one candidate who will hit the ground running on Day One."
LaShawn Hoffman for Atlanta City Council District 4
"LaShawn has received recognition as one of Atlanta's most distinguished young civic leaders. He is a consummate community advocate who also serves as the CEO of the Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association, one of the more successful neighborhood-based community development corporations. He is a former chair of Neighborhood Planning Unit-V and has served on numerous community boards in both Atlanta and Fulton County, including the local school council boards for C.L. Gideons Elementary School and W.L. Parks Middle School and the Atlanta Citizen Review Board. In addition to scoring 100% on our survey, LaShawn brings true grassroots energy and leadership abilities
to a Council that could use a good dose of both."
Steve Brodie for Atlanta City Council District 6
"Although our constituency forms the heart of District 6, Steve is not just an LGBT advocate. He understands that the issue of crime affects all residents, and has a track record of working successfully on this issue. As a city council member, he will be best able to move the levers of city government to keep those issues on the front burner of the new Council and Mayor’s agenda. Of all the candidates, he has done the best job of laying out specific ideas on public safety and suggesting concrete actions needed to fund improvements."
Simone Bell for State House District 58
"Simone has worked as an activist and advocate in Atlanta and across the South for more than 20 years. Her education and work in health care, experience advocating for women’s health, African American and LGBT rights at ZAMI, the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative and Lambda Legal have all given her the tools and perspective to advocate on behalf of the residents of District 58. When elected, Simone will be the first openly gay African-American woman State Representative in the United States. Considering her experience, broad knowledge of quality of life issues, commitment to the under-represented and community involvement, Simone is uniquely ready for this position."
Kyle Williams for City of Decatur Commission District 2
"At the age of 32, Kyle is already an accomplished community leader. He has held leadership positions in groups like the Red Clay Democrats and Generation Green. In addition, Kyle served on Georgia Equality’s Board of Directors from 2004 to 2007, eventually serving as president his final year. As an attorney, Kyle has been recognized three times as a Georgia “Rising Star” in Litigation, Land Use and Zoning by Georgia “Super Lawyer” and Atlanta Magazine. Southern Voice named him one of the top 20 young gay leaders in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Kyle hopes to advance his ideas to modernize Decatur and bring innovation to the City Commission. He is a candidate with solid credentials and is devoted to LGBT equality. The Commission is currently one of the more effective local governing bodies and it would take a lot for a new member to be quickly productive and contribute. We believe Kyle has the credentials and the vision necessary to not only serve but be a stand out."
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