Category Archives: elections

Lawrence, Brewster, Norman Respond to APS Candidate Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA — The deadline has passed for candidates for Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) to respond to the Atlanta Progressive News candidate questionnaire.  This article contains the remaining unpublished candidate responses, which are from Charles Lawrence, District 5 candidate; Eddie Lee Brewster, Seat 9 candidate; and Sean Norman, Seat 9 candidate.     APN sent the […]

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Meister, Bowman Respond to APS BOE Questionnaire

(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education (APS BOE) District 4 candidates, including incumbent Nancy Meister and challenger Taryn Bowman, both responded to a candidate questionnaire from Atlanta Progressive News.   APS BOE District 4 covers Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhoods.   Meister began serving in 2010 and was one of the five Board Members who, in 2010, voted to […]

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APN Endorsements Pt. 3: Muhammad APS D1, Simama S7, Briscoe-Brown S8

(APN) ATLANTA — The Board of Directors of Atlanta Progressive News is pleased to announce our third round of endorsements for Atlanta Municipal Elections 2013.     Previously, we have endorsed for City Council races: Rev. Darrion Fletcher (District 3 – incumbent Ivory Young), Natalyn Archibong (District 5), Felicia Moore (District 9), Ron Shakir (District 11 – incumbent Keisha Lance […]

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Attacks Begin in Post 3 Willis/Dickens Council Race

  (APN) ATLANTA — The attacks have begun to fly in the Post 3-at-large race, where embattled incumbent Lamar Willis is facing a challenge from newcomer Andre Dickens.   Willis is one of the least progressive members of the Atlanta City Council, with a score of 36.84 out of 100 on the APN City Council Scorecard.  Willis has a history […]

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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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