Category Archives: elections

APN Endorsements Pt. 2: Norwood Post 2, Shakir D11, Fletcher D3

  (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors is pleased to announce our second round of municipal candidate endorsements for 2013. Last week, we endorsed two progressive incumbents on the City Council of Atlanta who are facing challengers: Natalyn Archibong (District 5) and Felicia Moore (District 9). This week, we are endorsing three candidates who are posing […]

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Ed Johnson, APS Seat 9 Candidate, Responds to Questionnaire

  (APN) ATLANTA — There are a lot of candidates for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) this year who have shown up out of the blue.  Others, like Cynthia Briscoe Brown and Anne McKenzie, have been at the table, attending Board Meetings while the school system was navigating the troubled waters of its AdvancED/SACS CASI accreditation crisis. […]

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APN Early Endorsements: Archibong District 5, Moore District 9

(APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Progressive News Board of Directors has announced two early endorsements in Atlanta’s Municipal races: Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5) and Councilwoman Felicia Moore (District 9).     APN considers preserving these progressive voices–and more importantly, votes–on the Atlanta City Council to be a top priority.     ARCHIBONG     Archibong has four […]

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APS Candidate Hayes-Tavares Lied to Police, Report Shows

(APN) ATLANTA — Shawnna Hayes-Tavares, a candidate for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) District 6, lied to Clarkston Police when pulled over for speeding, the police report, obtained by Atlanta Progressive News shows.     On August 08, 2011, at 8:20 in the morning, Officer Shea observed Hayes-Tavares speeding–apparently in a school zone–and pulled her over at […]

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Surprises as Qualifying Ends in Atlanta, APS Races

(APN) ATLANTA — There were a few surprises Friday, as the Municipal Clerk’s Office wrapped up a full week of qualifying at Atlanta City Hall: several new candidates, a dropout and endorsement, a race switch, and a cliffhanger.     New candidates to pop up during qualifying week include: Rachele Fruit for City Council President; John Paul Michalik for Council […]

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Mary Norwood Challenges Watson for Her Old Council Seat

(APN) ATLANTA — Former City Councilwoman Mary Norwood (Post 2-at-large), who ran for Mayor of Atlanta in 2009 and attempted to qualify as an independent to run for Fulton County Commissioner in 2010, is running for her former City Council seat.     Norwood qualified yesterday, August 30, 2013.  The seat is currently held by Councilman Aaron Watson.     […]

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Former State Rep. Long to Challenge Councilman Willis

(APN) ATLANTA — Former State Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta) will enter the Post 3-at-large race for the City Council of Atlanta, where he will challenge incumbent Lamar Willis, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.     Newcomer Andre Dickens, who has raised over 55,000 dollars and has the support of former Mayor Shirley Franklin, is also challenging Willis.       […]

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Andre Dickens, Willis’s Council Opponent, on the Issues

(APN) ATLANTA — Over the last two days, Atlanta Progressive News interviewed Andre Dickens regarding his position on the issues in preparation for this November’s Municipal Elections for the City of Atlanta, in which Dickens is challenging Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large).     As previously reported by APN, Willis has had numerous ethical issues over the years.  He is currently […]

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Teach for America Agenda Advanced by Four Alumni Seeking APS Seats (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — It is likely no coincidence that four candidates for Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Board of Education (BOE) are alumni of Teach for America (TFA), including three newcomers and one incumbent who himself is fairly new to the Board.  In fact, TFA has been pushing its alumni to run for office since at least 2008, in order to […]

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Simama Challenges English for Seat on APS Board

(APN) ATLANTA — Nisha Simama, a former Interim Board of Education (BOE) Member for Atlanta Public Schools (APS) for the District 2 seat, is now challenging at-large Board Member Courtney English for Seat 7.     Simama was selected by the torn and divided Board to serve as an Interim Member, with the intent that she could help the Board […]

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APS Board Chair McDaniel Responds to Challengers

(APN) ATLANTA — When the so-called Gang of Five of members of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education changed the Board’s own rules in order to oust LaChandra Butler Burks as Chairperson, there were four Board Members who opposed the change; Reuben McDaniel was one of the minority of four.     The Gang of Five portrayed the minority […]

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Second Quarter Disclosures Filed in 2013 Atlanta Municipal Races (UPDATE 1)

  (APN) ATLANTA — Candidates for Mayor and City Council of Atlanta have filed their second quarter disclosure reports.  The reports show that the ethically-challenged Councilman Lamar Willis (Post 3-at-large) faces a serious competition from Andre Dickens, who has raised over 60,000 dollars to run against Willis; and that Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5) is in a strong position to […]

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McKenzie to Run for Open At-Large Seat on APS Board (UPDATE 1)

  (APN) ATLANTA — Anne McKenzie, a former Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teacher, is running for the APS Board of Education (BOE) At-Large Seat 9 that is currently held by Emmett Johnson, who is not running for reelection.   Previously, McKenzie ran against Yolanda Johnson for the District 6 seat in 2005 and 2009.  Johnson is also not running for […]

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Atlanta Councilman Aaron Watson Draws Challenger

  (APN) ATLANTA — Attorney David Andrew Cox has filed his notice of intent to challenge Atlanta City Councilman Aaron Watson (Post 2-at-large) in this November’s Municipal Elections. Cox is an attorney who runs his own practice, the Law Office of David A. Cox, which focuses on pro-consumer litigation.  He also works with a law firm called the Peakor Assocation. […]

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