You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Ready, set, go for Atlanta municipal elections


Atlanta’s municipal election season officially began Monday as officeholders and their challengers entered a weeklong qualifying period.

Mayor Kasim Reed, who faces little real opposition for his second term, kicked off the proceedings with a rally as candidates for City Council seats and the Atlanta school board officially filed paperwork for their respective nonpartisan races.

Municipal elections are being held statewide this November. In Atlanta, Reed’s re-election is all but a certain victory, so eyes are turning toward council races as competitions to watch.

But that didn’t stop the mayor from touting his successes on City Hall steps Monday. A jovial Reed, who has raised more than $2.5 million in recent years and has more than half of that in his campaign war chest, said he held the event to dispel any rumors he is eyeing a higher office — at least for the next four years.

The event comes days after Reed was elected to the Democratic National Committee’s executive committee, a confirmation of his growing national status. The mayor also made passing mention of a trip to Washington this week, where he’ll join President Barack Obama in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

“Hopefully now that I’ve qualified and paid my qualifying fees, nobody thinks there is any other job that would take me away from the city of Atlanta,” he told a crowd of supporters and a handful of protesters from the Atlanta Vendors Association, upset that after a long legal battle with the city they are still unable to sell their goods on public streets.

“I got my dream job,” he later added. “I think I make being mayor look real sexy.”

Flanking the mayor were a number of council members, including District 10 Councilman C.T. Martin, District 11 Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, District 12 Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd and Post 3 At-Large Councilman Lamar Willis.

By the end of the day Monday, nobody had filed to run against Reed, though Al Bartell, a public policy activist, has said he will enter the mayor’s race.

It wasn’t so quiet for council members, many of whom learned of some of their formal competition.

Little-known candidate Michael Jackson is challenging Sheperd. Candidate Robert Welsh, who works within the state’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, is running for District 1 Councilwoman Carla Smith’s long-held seat. District 3 Councilman Ivory Lee Young will take on the Rev. Darrion Fletcher of Vine City. District 4 Councilwoman Cleta Winslow will run against West End resident DeBorah “Sister” Williams. And District 9 Councilwoman Felicia Moore is facing challenger Duwon Mooley Robinson, whose website describes him as a former sports agent.

Whether or not the council sees record competition this year remains to be seen. The job became considerably more attractive after they voted to give themselves a 50 percent raise last December, increasing their annual salary to more than $60,000 effective in 2014.

To qualify, candidates must pay a fee equating to 3 percent of the current salary of the office. For mayoral candidates, that’s around $4,400, City Council hopefuls must pay around $1,200 and school board members will owe $444.

City office candidates have through Friday to file the necessary paperwork to run.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Florida man steals woman’s panties, leaves them on porch with note
Florida man steals woman’s panties, leaves them on porch with note

A Florida man allegedly stole woman’s underwear from her bedroom and left her other pairs on her property along with handwritten notes, deputies said.  >> Read more trending news Isitro Lee Sanches, 58, of Panama City, was identified as the alleged panty thief after the woman’s boyfriend caught Sanches inside their home, the...
Report: N. Korea conducts large-scale artillery drills on anniversary
Report: N. Korea conducts large-scale artillery drills on anniversary

North Korea conducted large-scale artillery exercises on Tuesday to coincide with the 85th anniversary of its army’s foundation, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. >> Read more trending news  Citing an unidentified South Korean government source, Yonhap reported that there were signs North Korea's military was carrying...
Civil War cannonballs to be removed from Pittsburgh site
Civil War cannonballs to be removed from Pittsburgh site

Dozens of Civil War-era cannonballs unearthed at a Pittsburgh construction site will be removed starting Tuesday. >> Read more trending news Ordnance Holdings Inc. and Milhaus Ventures have been hired to remove the cannonballs found near the former site of the Allegheny Arsenal. The arsenal supplied the Union Army, and an explosion there...
Double execution in Arkansas first in U.S. since 2000
Double execution in Arkansas first in U.S. since 2000

Arkansas completed the first double execution in the country in 17 years Monday night, as the state executed death row inmate Marcel Williams, KARK reported. >> Read more trending news Williams was executed at 10:33 p.m. by lethal injection on the same gurney where fellow inmate Jack Jones died at 7:20 p.m. It was Arkansas’ first double...
Central Florida man credits firefighters for saving life after snake bite
Central Florida man credits firefighters for saving life after snake bite

A Central Florida man credited a Polk County Fire Rescue team for saving his life after he was bitten by a 5½-foot rattlesnake. >> Read more trending news Jerome Roddenberry was bitten April 9 by at the River Ranch hunting grounds in eastern Polk County.  When fire rescue crews arrived, they realized that Roddenberry needed advanced...
More Stories