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The evening’s wide-ranging conversations illustrated both the city’s storied history, and its anxious, contemporary self-analysis. Perhaps no city in America is more eager to establish where it goes from here.
Andre Dickens is still acquainting himself with his job as mayor of Atlanta. But his mission is clear: Fight crime, produce affordable housing—which, experts say, would help prevent crime—and create good-paying jobs (another noted crime deterrent). Simply put, he must make Atlanta safer and more equitable.
Unlike the close mayoral runoff elections of recent years, City Councilmember Andre Dickens earned more than 60 percent of the vote over City Council President Felicia Moore.
An eminent domain fight in Peoplestown that began under former Mayor Kasim Reed's term might have played a role in that candidate's defeat. Both runoff candidates attended at a November 10 neighborhood rally, calling on the city to halt eviction proceedings and leave the matter for the incoming administration.
Andre Dickens is happy to claim the progressive mantle, while Felicia Moore considers herself more moderate. But how much daylight is there really between the two?
During the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Tuesday night, the two mayoral runoff candidates—City Council President Felicia Moore and Councilmember Andre Dickens—both said, once they take inventory of the municipal leadership structure, at least a few cabinet members and department heads would be getting the axe.
In October, we asked the same 11 questions to Atlanta mayoral candidates Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore. Here's where they stand on crime, affordability, gentrification, transit, the pandemic, and more.
Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore trounced the competition, claiming more than 40 percent of the 96,122 votes tallied. Councilmember Andre Dickens defied pollsters and leapfrogged one-time frontrunner Kasim Reed, likely earning a runoff spot.
We asked the same 11 questions to Atlanta mayoral candidates Antonio Brown, Andre Dickens, Sharon Gay, Felicia Moore, Kasim Reed, Nolan English, Mark Hammad, Kenny Hill, Rebecca King, Walter Reeves, Roosevelt Searles, Richard Wright, and Glenn S. Wrightson. Here's where they stand on crime, affordability, transit, and more.
In an almost refreshing pivot from the typical discourse of Atlanta's mayoral race, conversations on crime fell by the wayside during Tuesday night's candidate debate. That subject, however, made way for the jagged barbs exchanged among some of the contest's top contenders.
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