Josh Noblitt, the openly gay Minister of Social Justice at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, is set to throw his hat in the ring to run for open state House seat that will be available when State Rep. Margaret Kaiser steps down to run for mayor. If elected he would be the first openly gay man elected to the Georgia legislature.
Several people were discussing Noblitt’s run at the recent HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner and the Georgia Voice confirmed Noblitt was set to announce his run as soon as this weekend with his spokesperson, Beth Cope.
The mayoral election is not until 2017. Cathy Woolard, the first openly gay person elected to office in Georgia, is also running for mayor. Kaiser’s seat will be open in 2015 as part of the general election.
House District 59 includes the neighborhoods of Poncey-Highland, Little Five Points, Inman Park, Reynoldstown, North Ormewood Park, Glenwood Park, Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, Grant Park, The Villages at Carver, South Atlanta, Lakewood Heights, Polar Rock, Perkerson Park, East Point, Colonial Hills, Frog Hollow, Conley Hills, Semmes, Park, Fort Valley and Greenbriar.