Many an improv troupe has pulled an audience member down to the stage at Dad’s Garage theater. But a week and a day before Atlanta city elections, it was nine mayoral candidates placed on the stage there to answer unconventional questions.
Days ahead of the start of early voting in Atlanta, top mayoral candidates are looking not just at the issues, but are going on the attack a bit in their bids to get into — and win — a runoff that’s all but certain to come.
Last year, Atlanta voters approved new sales taxes to pay for transportation and transit builds. This year, mayoral candidates are talking about what they would do in a city that’s raising cash, is predicting a lot of new residents and that aims to attract big employers.
The 2017 Atlanta mayoral election is unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
And it is anybody’s guess on how it will shake out.
The back-and-forth between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell this past week shined a spotlight on several of the complex issues that will influence the outcome.
After Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell said the city and Mayor Kasim Reed should not rush into multi-year contracts during his administration especially as a federal corruption investigation is underway, the mayor spent most of an afternoon press conference blasting Mitchell.
The organizers of an Atlanta mayoral candidate forum on green space Thursday night had to move their event to a bigger auditorium — their first venue couldn’t hold everyone who wanted to know more about what candidates propose for the city’s trees, watersheds and parks.
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, a candidate for mayor, said Wednesday he supports inclusionary zoning, a regulation to require future residential developments to be mixed-income communities.