Atlanta mayoral, council prez hopefuls connect to voters with new ads


Candidates for Atlanta City Hall are using the Internet to promote their campaigns through increasing numbers of video ads.

City Council President candidate Alex Wan has released a new spot that shows his less-buttoned up side. Wan, an Atlanta City Councilman and director of libraries at Emory University, raises chickens and bees, an activity he says relieves stress and brings a smile to his face.

“If I need a good laugh I go outside and have fun with the chickens,” he said. “They are fun, silly creatures.”

Reaching out via carefully-arranged ads is expected to grow over the next five weeks as candidates try to connect with voters in an election that in many races don’t have a clear winner. One of Wan’s opponent, Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore, has released a number of web video ads.

Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, who is running for mayor, also released an online video in which she talks about her father’s incarceration and the impact it had on her family. It helped fuel her desire to get an education, including a law degree.

“My favorite quote is from Nelson Mandela, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done,” she said in a voiceover.

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