Atlanta Board of Education member Byron Amos nearly won re-election this month without a runoff. But he and challenger Keisha Carey will meet again at the ballot box in a race to represent the folks who live around Washington, Douglass, and KIPP Atlanta Collegiate.
Auditors found that the folks who are supposed to be overseeing Renew Atlanta projects often have incomplete or incorrect information — and that there’s not an electronic system to keep documents in order.
On a cold Monday in Atlanta, the mayor’s race is getting hotter: Keisha Lance Bottoms started the day with official endorsements from some Atlanta Democrat heavyweights. In the afternoon, Mary Norwood released her several years of her tax records and challenged Bottoms to do the same.
And in between, the two both took turns with their late-campaign stump speeches and answering questions at a gathering of perhaps two dozen clients and staff of the Downtown branch of Dentons, the international legal and lobbying mega-shop.
Parts of Atlanta’s west and northwest side will get a new Board of Education member in a runoff that begins soon. The two candidates say some things are going well — but it’s time to address equity and look hard at finances in the system.
Erika Mitchell and Raynard Johnson finished with 25 percent and 18 percent of the first-round vote respectively for District 5. Click to read the Q and A with each:
A runoff begins soon in an election that will see a new member join the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education in an area that includes parts of northeast and east Atlanta. We asked the two candidates what’s going well with APS — and what needs work.
Just 11 days before early voting starts, runoff candidates for Atlanta’s top offices met to take questions from reporters — and each other — about ethics, party and more.
At a Thursday morning Atlanta Press Club debate in the WPBA-TV studio, mayoral candidate Mary Norwood tried to truss Keisha Lance Bottoms to scandals at a City Hall presided over by Bottoms’ ally Mayor Kasim Reed. And Bottoms pushed to link Norwood to the Republican Party. And that was less than 10 minutes into the debate. (Videos at the bottom of the page.)
With the closure of its Peachtree-Pine shelter, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless is moving, probably to the west side, and it’s going to be about services for people who find themselves homeless, said its executive director.
What does the next Legislative session hold? Probably not approval of laws on casinos, religious freedom or an overhaul of DeKalb County’s government, according to a panel of the county’s delegates to the Gold Dome.
In a short forum Downtown on Thursday night, a small live audience and viewers on Facebook heard from the next mayor of Atlanta, as the two runoff candidates spoke about their priorities and pushed back against what are bound to be recurrent concerns.
A judge says Fulton County can start sending property tax bills, even though the state hasn’t given its go-ahead. The ruling brought relief to school leaders for now, but plenty of frustration remains.
After more than a year of work, the city of Atlanta published a plan called Resilient Atlanta: Actions to Build a More Equitable Future. The 150-page document is meant as a blueprint for where Atlanta wants to go, and how it wants to handle problems from inequity to natural disasters.
A tax break that’s meant to boost the agriculture business in Georgia is still liable to abuse by folks who aren’t earning all that much money at farming, or stores that want to move merchandise that has nothing to do with producing food, fiber or timber.