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Election 2015 – QNotes

Michael Barnes enters mayor’s race with flimsy LGBT record

Barnes has never garnered LGBT-friendly endorsements, was once ranked 'non-committal' on LGBT inclusion efforts

Democratic City Councilmember Michael Barnes has officially announced he’s running for mayor this year, making the announcement on his Facebook page on Wednesday evening. He’s the first candidate in the race with a less-than-friendly record on LGBT equality issues.

Gay man among first to run for Columbia City Council

Neighborhood activist and political strategist seeks at-large seat

This year’s race for City Council in South Carolina’s capital city is getting off to a big start, with one of the first candidates of the season announcing his campaign this week. The candidate, Tige Watts, is reportedly among the first openly gay candidates for office in Columbia.