Stephen Deere

Atlanta City Hall reporter

Stephen Deere covers Atlanta City Hall and Atlanta government. He previously covered St. Louis County (Mo.) and worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Latest from Stephen Deere

Certified recount gives Atlanta City Council post to Bond
 After a recount of votes cast in a race for at-large Atlanta City Council seat, Fulton County election authorities officially certified the results that showed incumbent Michael Julian Bond narrowly defeating challenger Courtney English. But the contest may not be over. The Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections’ unanimous...

Posted: 15 hours ago

After a recount of votes cast in a race for at-large Atlanta City Council seat, Fulton County election authorities officially certified the results that showed incumbent Michael Julian Bond narrowly defeating challenger Courtney English. But the contest may not be over. The Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections’ unanimous...
Atlanta mayoral candidates feel the heat at Spelman debate
 The AJC’s Stephen Deere keeps you updated on the latest in the Atlanta mayoral race and everything else going on at City Hall. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:  Atlanta mayoral candidates battle for city's progressive vote
Atlanta mayoral runoff candidates seek support of former opponents
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Posted: a day ago

The AJC’s Stephen Deere keeps you updated on the latest in the Atlanta mayoral race and everything else going on at City Hall. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:  Atlanta mayoral candidates battle for city's progressive vote Atlanta mayoral runoff candidates seek support of former opponents Bottoms...
Recount shows Michael Julian Bond might retain Atlanta Council seat
 Michael Julian Bond will apparently retain his at-large council seat, but just barely, according to the unofficial results of a Fulton County vote recount on Friday. For the past couple of weeks, the outcome of the race wasn’t clear. First, there was supposed to be a recount, then a runoff, then a recount again. Earlier this week, election...

Posted: a day ago

Michael Julian Bond will apparently retain his at-large council seat, but just barely, according to the unofficial results of a Fulton County vote recount on Friday. For the past couple of weeks, the outcome of the race wasn’t clear. First, there was supposed to be a recount, then a runoff, then a recount again. Earlier this week, election...
Atlanta mayoral candidates weigh in on homelessness, race, corruption
 Over the last few months, Atlanta’s mayoral candidates have appeared at numerous forums and debates. The dozen or so contenders heard their opponents stump speeches and narratives so often that they could recite one another’s buzzwords and slogans – at times in a mocking cadence. But now only two remain: City Councilwomen...

Posted: 2 days ago

Over the last few months, Atlanta’s mayoral candidates have appeared at numerous forums and debates. The dozen or so contenders heard their opponents stump speeches and narratives so often that they could recite one another’s buzzwords and slogans – at times in a mocking cadence. But now only two remain: City Councilwomen...
Bottoms picks up endorsement from opponent in Atlanta mayor’s race
 Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall on Tuesday endorsed Keisha Lance Bottoms over Mary Norwood in the mayor’s race. Hall, so far, is the only mayoral candidate who lost this month’s election to publicly support one of the two city councilwomen in the Dec. 5 runoff. Hall made the announcement standing in the John Wesley Dobbs...

Posted: 4 days ago

Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall on Tuesday endorsed Keisha Lance Bottoms over Mary Norwood in the mayor’s race. Hall, so far, is the only mayoral candidate who lost this month’s election to publicly support one of the two city councilwomen in the Dec. 5 runoff. Hall made the announcement standing in the John Wesley Dobbs...
Atlanta mayoral candidates battle for city’s progressive vote
 The two Atlanta mayoral candidates still standing after Tuesday’s election share a similar route to victory in December’s runoff. The women can likely capture the city’s top office with a message that captures progressives – an energized, liberal, anti-establishment, racially diverse coalition of voters focused on...

Posted: 8 days ago

The two Atlanta mayoral candidates still standing after Tuesday’s election share a similar route to victory in December’s runoff. The women can likely capture the city’s top office with a message that captures progressives – an energized, liberal, anti-establishment, racially diverse coalition of voters focused on...
Atlanta mayoral runoff candidates seek support of former opponents
 As soon as the top two finishers in Tuesday’s Atlanta mayoral election became apparent, so did their strategies for the next stage of the campaign: find a message that resonates with the 52,000 people who voted for someone else.  Early Wednesday morning, election workers were still tallying votes in a contest with eight credible...

Posted: 10 days ago

As soon as the top two finishers in Tuesday’s Atlanta mayoral election became apparent, so did their strategies for the next stage of the campaign: find a message that resonates with the 52,000 people who voted for someone else.  Early Wednesday morning, election workers were still tallying votes in a contest with eight credible...
Bottoms, Norwood in runoff to become Atlanta’s next mayor
 For the second time in its history, a woman will lead the City of Atlanta. On Tuesday, the crowded field of mayoral candidates narrowed down to two City Councilwomen: Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood, who will face each other in a Dec. 5 runoff. Although the two candidates share the same gender, their success on Tuesday reveals a disturbing...

Posted: 11 days ago

For the second time in its history, a woman will lead the City of Atlanta. On Tuesday, the crowded field of mayoral candidates narrowed down to two City Councilwomen: Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood, who will face each other in a Dec. 5 runoff. Although the two candidates share the same gender, their success on Tuesday reveals a disturbing...
Ethics expert: Atlanta mayor’s press release didn’t cross the line
 Mayor Kasim Reed’s office on the eve of Atlanta’s mayoral election issued a press release attacking candidate Peter Aman, the city’s former chief operating officer.  Then, this morning, Reed posted a picture of a graphic depicting city councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood at the top of the polls. ...

Posted: 11 days ago

Mayor Kasim Reed’s office on the eve of Atlanta’s mayoral election issued a press release attacking candidate Peter Aman, the city’s former chief operating officer.  Then, this morning, Reed posted a picture of a graphic depicting city councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood at the top of the polls. ...
5 things to watch this Election Day in Atlanta
 1. Voter turnout – Predictions call for historically low turnout. If that’s the case, it would seem to favor candidates who’ve not polled in the top two spots. The city could be in for a surprise. 2. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s role – How much of an impact did Reed’s endorsement of Keisha Lance...

Posted: 11 days ago

1. Voter turnout – Predictions call for historically low turnout. If that’s the case, it would seem to favor candidates who’ve not polled in the top two spots. The city could be in for a surprise. 2. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s role – How much of an impact did Reed’s endorsement of Keisha Lance...
In final days, Atlanta mayoral candidates hone their last pitch
 Atlanta mayoral candidate Peter Aman recently called a press conference to announce endorsements from four prominent women. He followed up a few days later with a television ad in which his wife, Lisa, does most of the talking. Then he announced another wave of endorsements flanked by 20 more women. Analysts suggest that turnout in Tuesday&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

Atlanta mayoral candidate Peter Aman recently called a press conference to announce endorsements from four prominent women. He followed up a few days later with a television ad in which his wife, Lisa, does most of the talking. Then he announced another wave of endorsements flanked by 20 more women. Analysts suggest that turnout in Tuesday&rsquo...