Antonio Brown claims seat in Atlanta City Council special electionAntonio Brown. Credit: Campaign
By Maggie Lee
With 53 percent of the vote in a special election, Antonio Brown is set to join Atlanta City Council taking his first job in politics, representing part of the Westside.
Brown bested Byron Amos, until recently a member of the Atlanta Board of Education, by a vote of 669 to 587, according to Fulton County’s vote count on Tuesday night.
During the campaign, Brown made a virtue of his newness to politics, saying that he’s beholden to no one except the people of District 3. He also made much of his business experience — he’s founder of menswear label LVL XIII — in promising to be an advocate for small business.
And Amos made a virtue of his political experience, with things like public budgets. He also had the endorsement of Killer Mike, nine city council members plus Greg Clay, the candidate who placed third in the first round of voting for the seat. Amos was a member of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ transition team as she moved into the city’s highest office last year.
Amos also had the financial support of several prominent city builders and contractors, according to disclosures from March 4, the most recent ones that were due.
But still, the two were fairly close in fundraising: Amos reported having raised almost $65,000 as of March 4. Brown raised almost $75,000 by the same date. (Abut $14,000 of that was a loan to his own campaign.)
Brown survived a challenge to his candidacy over a tax lien that has since been released, and that Brown has long blamed on error.