Transgender Politician Loses Election Runoff

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) - A transgender Riverdale City Council blames her re-election loss on a lawsuit that claimed she tried to fool voters by running as a woman.

Michelle Bruce said that even though a judge dismissed the lawsuit Monday, it led to her defeat in a runoff in the suburban Atlanta city.

Bruce, who was trying to win a second term, said the lawsuit was a "personal attack'' aimed at defeating her.

Bruce got 223 votes to 308 for Wayne Hall.

The 46-year-old Bruce landed one of Riverdale's four council seats in 2003 after running unopposed. She was believed to be the state's first transgender politician. She has declined to say if she had surgery to change her gender.

Bruce captured 312 votes in the November 6th election but fell short of a majority. Hall earned 202 votes, and third-place finisher Georgia Fuller had 171.

Fuller filed the suit, identifying Bruce as "Michael Bruce'' and claiming she misled voters by identifying herself as a female.

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