In a conversation before Tuesday’s vote, 77-year-old Andrew Young recounted how he’d been lured into his race for mayor.
The former U.N. ambassador was called before the most powerful group of women in Atlanta — the mothers and grandmothers who led the resident associations for the city’s dismal public housing complexes.
They were a base unto themselves, wielding thousands and thousands of votes — support a politician of the 1980s couldn’t refuse.
Atlanta’s fortresses of poverty have disappeared, and their votes have vanished with them. A new political order is asserting itself — Tuesday’s vote was part of the process.
“In a way, the gay vote has replaced the poor vote in a lot of these areas,” Young said.
The impact of gay voters in Tuesday’s mayoral race was subtle, but measurable.
The candidate who won most of the endorsements from Georgia Equality and other gay institutions, City Council President Lisa Borders, placed only third.
But in the contest to replace Borders,