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Buckhead Coalition’s PAC takes stand on city elections

By Maria Saporta

The Buckhead Coalition, a group of key business leaders based in Buckhead, is taking a stance in the city’s upcoming elections.

The Better Community Political Action Committee, the PAC of the Buckhead Coalition, interviewed the top candidates for mayor. It decided to divide its $2,400 contribution on a proportional based of a straw vote of the members present.

City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who lives in Buckhead, was the top vote getter, receiving 56 percent. That meant the BC PAC wrote her a check for $1,344. The other two top candidates — City Council President Lisa Borders and former State Sen. Kasim Reed — each received 22 percent of the vote and checks for $528.

Interestingly enough, the Buckhead Coalition endorsed City Councilman Ceaser Mitchell in the race for City Council President instead of his opponent, City Councilwoman Clair Muller, who is a Buckhead resident and been a longtime representative for that part of the city.

In all city council races where incumbents are facing opposition, the BC PAC decided to support the incumbents with $2,400 checks. Those included Ivory Young for District 3; Cleta Winslow for District 4; Joyce Sheperd for District 12; and Lamar Willis for Post 3.

In contested races with no incumbent, the BC PAC decided to support Yolanda Adrean for District 8 and Michael Julian Bond for Post 1. Both will receive a $2,400 contribution.

The PAC, however, has not yet decided who it will support in the other three contested races without an incumbent — District 6, District 11 and Post 2.

For those city council representatives who are running unopposed, the BC PAC is donating $500 “to help defray” candidacy costs, according to Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition.

On Tuesday, the Committee for a Better Atlanta will announce its ratings of the various candidates running for office in the City of Atlanta.

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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