Political Notes – Tuesday’s elections were another good day for women in politics

[private]It has been a good year for women in politics, and Tuesday’s elections in Georgia only reinforced that theme.

Democratic women swept the four legislative runoff elections that were held in the Metro Atlanta area, with women defeating male candidates in three of those races.

Attorney Jen Jordan defeated pediatric dentist Jaha Howard in Senate District 6, officially flipping that seat from Republican to Democratic and ending the Republicans’ super-majority in that legislative chamber.

Jordan replaces Republican Hunter Hill, who resigned to run for governor.

In DeKalb County’s House District 89, Bee Nguyen beat attorney Sachin Varghese and will replace Stacey Abrams, who stepped down to run fulltime for governor. Nguyen will be the first Vietnamese-American to serve in the General Assembly.

In Atlanta’s House District 60, Kim Schofield defeated DeAndre Pickett and will replace Keisha Waites in the House. (Waites was a woman who didn’t do so well on Tuesday, losing her Fulton County Commission race to Robb Pitts.)

The only legislative contest involving two women candidates was in Atlanta’s Senate District 39, where Nikema Williams edged out Linda Pritchett. Williams replaces Vincent Fort in the Senate.

In the runoff for mayor of Atlanta, it had already been established that the next mayor would be a woman.

That woman is Keisha Lance Bottoms, who had a narrow lead of 759 votes over Mary Norwood after all the precincts were counted.

Norwood refused to concede the race, calling for a recount and citing provisional ballots that haven’t been counted yet.

“This is very close,” Norwood said. “It is not over yet.”

However, it is highly unlikely that a recount would reverse a margin as large as 759 votes.

For Norwood, it marked the second time she nearly won the mayor’s race but fell just short.

In 2009, she was the leader coming out of the general election but lost the runoff to Kasim Reed by just 714 votes.

In the race for city council president, Felicia Moore was yet another winner for women, defeating Alex Wan.

While it was a good night for women, Tuesday’s elections proved to be a setback for openly gay candidates, as Wan, Waites, and Pickett all lost their races.

The wave of women winners continues a trend that has swept the nation since the election of Donald Trump as president.

Trump’s presence in the Oval Office appears to have energized more women to run for elective office across the country. The dramatic effects were especially seen in Virginia last month, when women candidates won so many races that Democrats nearly recaptured control of the House of Delegates, the state legislature.

The wave has swept over Georgia as well, as we saw Tuesday night.

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