Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Openly gay councilman and state legislator elected tonight in Georgia!

Simone Bell, an openly gay African-American woman, will be nation's first openly lesbian state legislator when inaugurated. Alex Wan, an openly gay Asian-American candidate, has won the election to fill the Atlanta City Council District 6 seat on Tuesday night.
Bell captured 56% of the vote with all precincts reporting. With 100% of precincts reporting in Atlanta, Wan captured 60% of the vote against his opponent, Liz Coyle.

Read more about Simone Bell at her web site, SimoneBell.com. Read more about Alex Wan at his web site, AlexWanForAtlanta.com. Both candidates were endorsed by The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
Meanwhile, the race for Mayor of Atlanta was shaping up to be a nailbiter. With nearly all ballots counted, Kasim Reed has an edge of less than 800 votes and has declared victory over his opponent, Mary Norwood, who has not yet conceded. Both candidates are widely seen as gay-friendly.
View results updated LIVE at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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