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Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore kicks off mayoral campaign

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore at the state Capitol in August, 2018. File/Credit: Maggie Lee Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore at the state Capitol in August, 2018. File/Credit: Maggie Lee

By Maggie Lee

Atlanta City Council’s president is asking voters to promote her to the mayor’s office this year, and to turn out an incumbent.

“This race is against the crime that is out of control in every neighborhood of our city. It’s against inequality of all kinds: racial, economic, education, and otherwise. It’s against corruption, which has eroded public trust,” Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore said Thursday, in an online speech formally announcing her mayoral candidacy.

The No. 1 issue on everybody’s mind right now is crime, Moore said in an interview later Thursday with SaportaReport. The city is losing officers, and it’s hard to build those numbers back up, she said. Moore said in the next week or so, she’ll be rolling out a plan for getting more officers out on the street.

Every resident should feel safe in their homes, in their communities and in their interactions with police, Moore said. And city residents should get the services they pay for, and should be able to see what their elected officials are up to.

But she’s also thinking about ongoing things, like what the COVID-19 recession might do to the city’s budget.

And even though it’s traditionally difficult to win elections against incumbents (with their well-known names and standing campaign accounts), Moore said she wants to focus on some of the ongoing issues that she said can’t wait four more years.

“There are still all of those things that we needed to address: infrastructure, affordable housing, all of those things. Our unsheltered population, they still remain,” Moore said.

Moore has long had a reputation as a transparency wonk. As early as her days as a Council member for northwest Atlanta’s District 9, she published her office’s expenses and urged her colleagues to do the same. As Council president, she long pushed to set up the independent city inspector general’s office, among other transparency measures.

Moore has also made a point of building relationships across city lines. She’s an active member of the board of the Atlanta Regional Commission, a group for metro Atlanta’s counties. She’s also active in the Georgia Municipal Association, a club for the state’s cities. And she’s on the Georgia Freight and Logistics Commission — that’s important in part because it’s working on actual solutions to the state’s road traffic. But also because it’s a seat at a table convened by powerful Republicans in the Georgia House, like Speaker David Ralston.

No one knows yet how many peope will run for mayor. There’s plenty of time for others to join the race. Qualifying ends on Aug. 20.

Incumbent Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms confirmed about a year ago that she will run for re-election this year.

Campaigning and fund-raising will almost certainly get into seven figures altogether. Bottoms’ latest campaign finance disclosure shows her campaign has about $109,000 on hand. Moore has not yet run into a campaign finance disclosure deadline.

All 15 seats on Atlanta City Council are also up for election this year.

Election Day is Nov. 2.


Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who's been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008.


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  1. Dana Blankenhorn January 29, 2021 10:53 am

    Political competition is a good thing. Moore offers real competition across the city. I just hope we have a positive, issue-oriented campaign.Report

  2. Sheryl Brown March 16, 2021 8:08 pm

    Felicia Moore, will give the incumbent a good run and rightfully so this is Atlanta, and we deserve great leadership. I am interested to see who else will throw their name in. I read former mayor Kasim Reed is reconsidering the position, and I think he could get it. I met him a few weeks before his first run and Mary Norwood was his only opponent at the time and I knew, I could not give her my confidence, my vote, which I hold dear. By the time the event was over I knew Kasim Reed would have it, he exuded confidence, that may have been ego but Atlantans LOVE him and hated to see him go plus he has major swag and black and white Atlantans, love that about him. Maynard Jackson ran for a third term and won. I am ready for this campaign season in Atlanta to heat up, it is always EXCITING, even when they lie, cheat, and steal their way into the job, which is the constituents’ fault for not doing their due diligence and selecting the most qualified person to represent us. Meet me at savvyadvocatecommune.com, let‘s discuss further and let me know your thoughts on this year’s local election, the campaign, and can we talk about voting the entire ballot?Report


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