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County commissions, school boards and Buckhead cityhood slate are among lesser-known races taking shape

By John Ruch The attention-grabbing melees for governor and a U.S. Senate seat were among the 2022 election battles finalized by the official candidate qualifying deadline of March 11, but many other races took shape, too, including county commission and school board races and a slate of pro-cityhood candidates in Buckhead. Throwing in the Congressional […]

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Buckhead’s Mary Norwood becomes a mayoral campaign issue, hires election monitoring company

Mary Norwood isn’t running in the mayoral race for a change, but Buckhead’s City Councilmember-elect has become a last-minute campaign issue between the two runoff candidates as sparks fly about Trump and Black voters. Meanwhile, Norwood herself says she has privately hired a company to monitor the election for voting problems.

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Atlanta mayoral contest, other big races head for Nov. 30 runoffs

On an Election Night that coincided with the Braves winning the World Series, many races were headed into a Game 2 of their own. The contests for mayor, City Council president, and several council seats — including those held by two incumbents — appeared to be headed for runoffs Nov. 30, according to unofficial election results that were still trickling in well after midnight.

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Will Democrats’ ‘blue wave’ push in suburban city elections drown nonpartisan tradition?

From Tucker to Sandy Springs, the state Democratic Party is making good on plans to run candidates in suburban city elections. Think local ripples from the “blue wave” that already washed Republicans out of north metro Congressional and General Assembly seats, helped flip Georgia to Biden, and, Democrats hope, puts one of their own in the Governor’s Office in 2022.

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East Point resident fills local elections information gap with “East Point Votes”

Who is running for office? What is their stance on issues that matter most to me? These are a few questions that East Point resident Seth Rikard struggled to find an answer to during the 2017 election cycle. While the decisions of local elected officials impact us daily, finding information on the races and candidates […]

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East Point mayoral candidates debate city’s growth, government reputation

By John Ruch East Point’s opportunity to join the metro development boom was a major topic at a Sept. 21 mayoral candidate forum, where the incumbent touted her “rebranding” of the city against challengers who say they can run things more efficiently. The reputation of government itself is also an issue for East Point, whose […]

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In forum on housing affordability, council president candidates reveal how they think and lead

The leading City Council president candidates gave some revelatory answers at a Sept. 11 forum focused on housing affordability. Revelatory not because they or Atlanta are likely to magically solve the nationally intractable affordability problem, but exactly because they’re not. Granted, the next council prez — whose powers are mostly procedural — might collaborate with […]