Three write-in candidates officially join Atlanta mayoral, City Council racesPhoto by visuals on Unsplash.com
By John Ruch
Three write-in candidates — two for mayor and one for City Council District 4 — have officially joined the Nov. 2 races after certification this week by the municipal clerk.
Brandon Adkins of Southwest Atlanta and Henry Anderson of Sweet Auburn are write-ins for the mayoral race. Another 14 candidates qualified appear on the ballot: Antonio Brown, Andre Dickens, Kirsten Dunn, Nolan English, Sharon Gay, Mark Hammad, Kenny Hill, Rebecca L. King Glenn, Felicia Moore, Kasim Reed, Walter Reeves, Roosevelt Searles III, Richard N. Wright and S. Wrightson. (Another would-be candidate, Raina Bell-Saunders, signed up as a write-in but withdrew, citing health reasons.)
In City Council District 4, Ronald Zackery qualified as a write-in. Candidates to appear on the ballot include incumbent Cleta Winslow and challengers Rogelio Arcila, Larry B. Carter II, Jason Dozier, Kim Scott and DeBorah “Sister” Williams.
Under state law, write-in candidates must be officially certified to count as votes. The write-in candidates have to publish a formal announcement, file with the Municipal Clerk’s office, and follow campaign finance disclosure laws. They obviously have a tougher path to victory than the candidates whose names will appear on the ballot.
Update: This story has been updated with comment from Raina Bell-Saunders about withdrawing.