Category Archives: elections

Winslow Draws Challenger, Torry Lewis, in Atlanta District 4 Race

(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) has drawn a challenger in this year’s Municipal Elections, Torry Lewis. Winslow has a current score of 35.71 out of 100 on the APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard, which is based on over thirty Council votes, and she is one of the least progressive Members of the Council, in 11th […]

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Hall Draws Two Challengers in Atlanta District Two Race

(APN) ATLANTA — Two candidates, Jon Jones and Todd Robinson, have announced their plans to challenge Kwanza Hall for the District 2 seat on the City Council of Atlanta. Kwanza Hall was elected in 2005 to the seat that was formerly held by Councilwoman Debi Starnes (District 2).  In 2009, he faced no challenger. On the APN Atlanta City Council […]

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Mayoral Candidate Luna Demands Apology from APN

(APN) ATLANTA — In a bizarre email, chef and Mayoral candidate Paul Luna requested that APN apologize to a City employee on behalf of Luna relating to a recent article published by APN.   Earlier this month, APN interviewed Luna at his downtown restaurant and published an article based on that interview on Sunday, February 17, 2013. In the article, […]

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APN Chat with Paul Luna, Chef and Mayoral Candidate

(APN) ATLANTA — Paul Luna, an Atlanta chef and business owner, is one of two candidates who have announced their intentions so far to challenge incumbent Mayor Kasim Reed in this year’s mayoral election.  As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, the other candidate is activist Al Bartell. Luna started two restaurants around 1992 called Eclipse Di Luna and Loca […]

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Hayes-Tavares to Seek Open Seat on APS Board of Education

(APN) ATLANTA — A parent-advocate who has been vocal during the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education accreditation crisis and who opposed the proposal to close certain public schools has entered the race for APS BOE District 6, the seat currently held by Yolanda Johnson. Shawnna Hayes-Tavares attended all of the copious meetings held by the APS BOE to addresses […]

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Smith, Archibong Draw Challengers in 2013 Atlanta Council Race

(APN) ATLANTA — Two more candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for seats on the Atlanta City Council: Robert Welsh has announced his plans to challenge Councilwoman Carla Smith (District 1), and Matt Rinker has announced his plans to challenge Natalyn Archibong (District 5), in the November 2013 election. Smith is a moderate Councilmember, with a current score […]

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Reed Denies Recruiting Candidates; Bottoms Mum on 2013

(APN) ATLANTA — This week Mayor Kasim Reed circulated a statement to Members of the City Council of Atlanta, and perhaps to others, denying a report in the Atlanta Progressive News that he had been recruiting Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) or Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms (District 11) to run against Council President Ceasar Mitchell in the 2013 Municipal Elections. […]

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Rep. Kaiser May Run for Mayor of Atlanta in 2017

(APN) ATLANTA — State Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta) may run for Mayor of Atlanta in 2017, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Two individuals who supported Mary Norwood in her 2009 race told APN that they have been encouraging Kaiser–who supported Norwood in 2009–to run.  However, Kaiser tells APN that the earliest she would run is 2017. “I’ve been in conversation […]

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Norwood Nominated to Fulton County Elections Board

(APN) ATLANTA — Former Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large), who narrowly lost the 2009 Mayoral race to Kasim Reed, has been nominated by the Fulton County Republican Party to serve on the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections. In a letter to Mark Massey, Clerk for the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County, dated today, Friday, January […]

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Georgia Presidential Ballot Access Case Stalls in Federal Court (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — A lawsuit challenging the ballot access requirements in the State of Georgia for minor party and independent candidates for President of the US was dismissed, and yet the judge has yet to rule for nearly two months on a motion for reconsideration, even with November’s Presidential Election coming up in about eight weeks, Atlanta Progressive News has […]

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Race, Party, and Buckhead-Baiting in HD57 Primary (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — The House District 57 is quickly turning into one of the ugliest Atlanta political races in recent years, with the campaign of State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta) and his supporters apparently engaging in using political party, race, and geography to attack State Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta), her supporters, and anyone who dares to question where Mr. Taylor […]

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Rep. Pat Gardner’s Responses to APN HD57 Questionnaire (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — In our coverage of State House races this year, Atlanta Progressive News recently sent questionnaires to nine candidates in four different races. One of those races, House District 57, involves two Democratic incumbents, State Reps. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta), who were paired to run against each other in the same district. Yesterday, APN […]

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McKinney Campaign Announcement Expected Soon

(APN) ATLANTA — Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is expected to soon issue a formal announcement that she is running for her old seat in the Georgia’s fourth Congressional District, to challenge US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) in the General Election as a Green Party candidate, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Previously, on April 02, 2012, Atlanta Progressive News […]

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Fulton, DeKalb Voters to Consider School Sales Tax Renewal

(APN) ATLANTA — In upcoming the November 08, 2011, election, Atlanta, Decatur, DeKalb, and Fulton voters will decide whether to renew a one percent, or one penny per dollar, sales tax for educational infrastructure.  If approved, this would be the third renewal, or Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) IV. Working families are hurting in the current economy, and Atlanta’s […]

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