By MATT SCHAFER
Jul 24, 2009
National LGBT group will stay out of crowded District 6 race for now
Bates, who announced his reelection bid Tuesday and received the endorsement the same day, is the third openly gay Georgian candidate to win an endorsement from the Victory Fund, a non-partisan organization which funds and trains viable LGBT candidates. ...
Georgia’s only openly gay Republican, Bates won his seat in 2007 to fill a term left open when a city councilman ran for mayor. He is currently unopposed, and, if elected, Bates said he finds himself in an enviable position of not having to fight battles to defend or expand gay rights in Doraville.
Bates’ focus is on redevelopment and business issues; he would like to see Doraville become friendlier to business and he wants to have a hand in developing the shuttered General Motors plant just south of Interstate 285 near the Doraville MARTA station. While some have suggested creating a development along the lines of Atlantic Station, Bates would like to see something different. ...
The Victory Fund is holding off making any endorsements for Atlanta City Council District 6, where three gay men are running to succeed Ann Fauver in what could be the highest profile race involving gay candidates this year.
Dison later sent an email explaining,
District 6 currently pits three gay men, Steve Brodie, Alex Wan and Miguel Gallegos against Elizabeth Coyle, Bahareh Azizi and Tad Christian, as they vie to replace Fauver, who will step down at the end of her current term. ...