Atlanta’s going to get a freshman city council member from the Westside’s district 3, in a special election runoff. Some of the votes will depend on what people think of candidates who have — and who haven’t — been in office.
Georgia is among six states in which voters in the Nov. 6 election approved ballot measures to address housing affordability. Groups to benefit include the mentally disabled, including a program in metro Atlanta that’s supported by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, veterans and, in California, farm workers.
The candidates who are running to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Nathan Deal are splitting on what’s probably the incumbent’s marquee policy: changes to the criminal justice system that have driven down the state’s prison population.
After both parties (mostly) picked their candidate teams this week, Democrats were quick to make a pitch as the party of jobs in a business-friendly Georgia. And Republicans talked about jobs too, but the GOP kicked off its unified campaigning with a rally heavy on conservative values.
Georgia’s majority-Republican legislature has warmed to mass transit funding in metro Atlanta and other areas — a bit. Some of the GOP contenders for top office are more on board with the trend than others.
Georgians have been promised a look at least one gubernatorial candidate’s tax returns, maybe two. But while challenging one’s opponents to publish their taxes is becoming a campaign-season standard, it’s not part of the law.