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With no more than seven incumbents returning, the Atlanta City Council will look much different in 2022. The extent of that change is still to be determined, however, as two council members, with more than 30 years combined experience, face stiff challenges in the November 30 runoff. If they lose, Atlanta's legislative arm will feature more newcomers than returning members—a dramatic makeover for a city that has long favored staying the course. Here's a look at the races yet to be decided, as well as who won their elections outright earlier this month.
On Saturday morning, thousands gathered near the Georgia State Capitol in downtown Atlanta to protest HB 481, a bill recently signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp that bars most abortions after six weeks.
Most older Atlantans likely best remember the Rufus M. Rose House—which for years has sat vacant on Peachtree Street—as the longtime home of the so-called Atlanta Museum. Yet the house has a better claim to fame, albeit one that’s in serious dispute.
Gabi Lee’s Atlanta roots run deep: Her indie bridal shop, the Sentimentalist, sits on Westside land that was part of her family’s dairy farm in the 1870s. The shop stocks vintage and handmade gowns that buck bridal norms: capes, watercolor hues, and modern separates.
It’s rare enough when an Atlanta City Council candidate rates a mention in her own hometown newspaper, so it's doubly unusual that Liliana Bakhtiari—who’s running to unseat longtime District 5 incumbent Natalyn Archibong—has garnered national press from such outlets as Teen Vogue and the Huffington Post.