Crime at the center of Atlanta mayor's race as voting begins
ATLANTA — (AP) — Atlanta mayoral candidates are talking about affordable housing, hoping to stave off a secession movement in a wealthy neighborhood and trading increasingly pointed jabs. He also aims to increase affordable housing, improve infrastructure and ensure current residents qualify for high-paying jobs coming to the city. Brown says generational poverty, gentrification and insufficient affordable housing feed unemployment, homelessness and crime. While the Black population increased slightly, the white, Asian and Hispanic populations all rose faster over the past 10 years. Tammy Greer, a political science professor at Clark Atlanta University, says longtime Black residents are expressing anxieties through concerns over affordable housing and jobs.wftv.com
Kasim Reed files to campaign for comeback as Atlanta mayor
Atlanta Mayor FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed greets supporters for city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms, whom Reed endorsed to replace him, at an election night party in Atlanta. Reed jumped into the 2021 campaign one month after current Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she won't seek reelection to a second term. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) (David Goldman)ATLANTA — (AP) — Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed filed paperwork Wednesday to run again for his old job just four years after leaving City Hall. The president of the Atlanta City Council, Felicia Moore, also is running, having announced her candidacy before Bottoms left the race. Bottoms is the first Atlanta mayor since World War II to decide against seeking a second term.wftv.com
Atlanta is home to 2 potential contenders for Biden's VP
Neither public rivals nor personal friends, Bottoms and Stacey Abrams spent years climbing parallel ladders from nearby outposts at Atlanta City Hall and the Georgia Capitol. Now the Atlanta mayor and the former Georgia governor candidate find themselves at the same political intersection on Joe Biden's list of potential running mates. Bottoms, the 50-year-old Atlanta mayor, is a top surrogate for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Now, the pair occupy the same political intersection: Bidens list of potential running mates. Bottoms, conversely, had the backing of outgoing Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, himself once viewed as a potential governor.