In the wake of three guilty pleas related to allegations of crooked contracting at City Hall and an FBI raid on a city contractor, mayoral candidate Peter Aman stepped up to a microphone in his own office and became the latest in a crowded pack of mayoral hopefuls to take a jab at City Hall — and each other — on ethics.
By Maria Saporta Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell Wednesday afternoon issued a sharply-worded statement on the corruption case at City Hall in light of Tuesday’s indictment of Adam Smith, the city’s former chief procurement officer. Mitchell, who is running for mayor, has been spotlighting this issue of city contracts for the past several weeks, […]
A group of Atlanta’s and Georgia’s business and civic heavyweights have given out their scores on the dozens of folks running for city leadership this year. Five mayoral candidates got a rating of “excellent” from the Committee for a Better Atlanta.
The crowd at this Sunday’s Atlanta Streets Alive won’t get to meet many political candidates. Just 21 of more than 100 candidates for Atlanta City Hall and Atlanta Board of Education have applied to participate, including just three of 13 mayoral candidates, according to the event’s website on Friday afternoon.
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.
Grady Memorial Hospital made its debut Tuesday in the campaign for seats at Atlanta City Hall. Every member of the Atlanta City Council signed a proclamation commending Grady for its 125 years of service.
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.
Atlanta voters can be fairly certain they’ll be hearing from 13 candidates for mayor and three candidates for city council president, based on preliminary reports. There’s no news since early July on the raising and spending of campaign funds, when two frontrunners for mayor were more than $900,000 in combined debt for a job that pays less than $150,000 a year, according to reports.
Some six weeks before Atlanta City Council is expected to vote on Emory University’s petition to join the city, a state lawmaker who’s running for mayor is raising questions about the equity of possible spending on a light rail line in the would-be part of Atlanta.
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.
Eight folks who want to be the next mayor of Atlanta laid out their platforms Friday at a forum held by the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and what they’d do as leader of a city that’s politically quite different from the state of which it is the capital.
All said they would be quick to help stop any efforts to pass something like North Carolina’s 2016 “bathroom bill” – a requirement from a conservative state Legislature that transgender people use public restrooms that that match the gender on their birth certificates. It came just after progressive Charlotte had passed an ordinance that let transgender people use public facilities that match their gender identity.
Two Atlanta city councilmembers are leading the race for fundraising to become the next mayor of Atlanta, according to the most recent filing of campaign fundraising.
Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, the front-runner in the polls in this year’s race for mayor; and City Councilman Kwanza Hall were leading the pack with the most money raised during the last two months among the candidates.
While it’s anyone’s guess who will be the next mayor of Atlanta, one thing is certain. The Atlanta Committee for Progress is already putting the pieces in place to ready to help make sure the next mayor is successful.
ACP, as it’s known in powerful circles, is composed of many of the top CEOs and civic leaders in Atlanta.