This is the second part of a two part post about Donkeys going to war, the first can be read here.
Simone Bell has represented Southeast Atlanta (Grant Park and its curtilage) since a 2009 Special election. Reapportionment has pushed her district west and combined it with that of Ralph Long. However, it is way more of Long’s old district than it was Bell’s (6 precincts to 1 by my count), as it extends into Capitol View and south, areas represented by Long since his election in 2008. So two elections each, first on the ballot and a lady’s name probably help Bell out a bit, but Ralph, according to his web site bio, is a III, so I’m calling that even.
Out of context quotes from their bios that tell you all you need to know:
Bell: “She is the first African American OUT lesbian to serve in a State House in the United States.”
Long: “Ralph Long, III would like to use the same commitment and passion evidenced by his home renovations to better his community and Georgia in the Georgia House of Representatives.”
Progressive voters will love that Simone Bell is the first African-American lesbian in any State legislature, but Ryan Gravel, he of the Beltline has endorsed Ralph Long.
So who wins? Looks like a true toss-up with two incumbents in a battle of street money and yard signs. The June 30 disclosure might tell us all we need to know, unless one side does a mailer telling voters the other person is a huge Atlanta Dream fan. Good luck to both!