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Dickens Slashed Public Comment, Backed Opacity on Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) has recently been endorsed by several progressive leaders in Atlanta in his campaign for Mayor of Atlanta; however, while on Council he repeatedly slashed public comment opportunities on housing and public safety as Chair of the committees with oversight of those issues; and he supported the City Council’s ongoing practices […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Jodi Merriday, Post 3-at-large

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  (APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents Post 3-at-large candidate, Jodi Merriday and her questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   Merriday was a member of the leadership team recruited to support Atlanta Public Schools (APS) following the cheating scandal, and she established the Ombudsman’s Office at APS.  […]

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Council Candidate Bacote Responds to APN, Ethics Issues

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(APN) ATLANTA — Samuel Bacote, a candidate for Atlanta City Council District 5, responded to an article appearing in Atlanta Progressive News regarding his support for certain tax breaks during his time of service on the Fulton County Development Authority.   Bacote requested an interview, but after learning that APN was looking into ethics issues involving his receipt of excessive […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Rogelio Arcila, District 4

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents District 4 candidate Rogelio Arcila and his questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   Arcila, a socialist candidate, is endorsed by the Atlanta chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.   https://atldsa.org/2021/03/28/atlanta-democratic-socialists-of-america-atl-dsa-endorses-rogelio-arcila-for-atlanta-city-council-district-4/   Arcila is cofounder of Defund APD Refund Communities, an […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Kim Scott, District 4 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents District 4 candidate Kimberly “Kim” Scott and her questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   District 4 incumbent Cleta Winslow (District 4) this year, as usual, faces several challengers, including Rogelio Arcila; Larry B. Carter; Jason Dozier; Scott; Ahmad Sylvester; and “Sister” […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Samuel Bacote, III; District 5, Atlanta Council

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  (APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents District 5 candidate Samuel Bacote, III (pronounced “Ba-coat”) and his questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   As a Board Member and the former Treasurer of the Development Authority of Fulton County, Bacote defended and supported a practice of giving controversial tax […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Mandy Mahoney, District 5

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents District 5 candidate Amanda “Mandy” Schmitt Mahoney and her questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   Incumbent Natalyn Archibong (District 5) is running for Council President, making the District 5 seat one of several open seats on the Council in the 2021 […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Liliana Bakhtiari; District 5

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents District 5 candidate Liliana Bakhtiari and her questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   APN published an interview in late 2020 with Bakhtiari when she announced that she would run again for District 5.     https://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2020/10/17/liliana-bakhtiari-to-re-challenge-councilwoman-archibong-in-2021/   Later, incumbent Natalyn Archibong (District […]

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Ordinance Seeks to Increase Affordability on Atlanta Beltline

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, September 08, 2021, Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large), a candidate for Mayor of Atlanta, introduced an ordinance aimed at increasing housing affordability in new housing developments located within the Atlanta Beltline Overlay District.   The Atlanta Beltline is a circle of paths, some already in place and some in planning, around the City […]

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Candidate Questionnaire: Jason Winston, Atlanta Council District 1

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents District 1 candidate Jason Winston and his questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.    Councilmember Carla Smith announced she would not seek re-election in May 2021.   https://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2021/05/11/atlanta-council-district-1-race-wide-open-after-smith-retires/   The five candidates qualifying are Clarence Blalock, Nathan Clubb, Russell Hopson, Kelly-Jeanne Lee, […]

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Candidate Questionnaire: Nathan Clubb, Atlanta Council District 1

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents District 1 candidate Nathan Clubb and his questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.    Councilmember Carla Smith announced she would not seek re-election in May 2021.   https://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2021/05/11/atlanta-council-district-1-race-wide-open-after-smith-retires/   The five candidates qualifying are Clarence Blalock, Nathan Clubb, Russell Hopson, Kelly-Jeanne Lee, […]

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Judge Rejects Closed Meetings for Illegal Ordinances in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — On yesterday, August 31, 2021, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Lee Ellerbe rejected a motion by Atlanta City Councilmembers Matt Westmoreland (Post 2-at-large) and Jennifer Ide (District 6) in which they argued that Councilmembers could permissibly close public meetings such as Council Committee Meetings to discuss likely unlawful ordinances in private.   It has been a […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Larry B. Carter, II; District 4

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents District 4 candidate Larry B. Carter, II, and his questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   Carter has served as President of the Ashview Heights neighborhood association, Vice Chair of Neighborhood Planning Unit T (NPU-T), and on the board of West End […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Clarence Blalock, Atlanta Council District 1

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(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents District 1 candidate Clarence Blalock and his questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   The five candidates qualifying are Clarence Blalock, Nathan Clubb, Russell Hopson, Kelly-Jeanne Lee, and Jason Winston.    https://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2021/08/27/atlanta-2021-candidate-qualifying-overview/   Councilmember Carla Smith announced she would not seek re-election […]

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Atlanta 2021 Candidate Qualifying Overview

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With additional reporting by Adrian Paulette Coleman.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Friday, August 20, 2021, the candidate qualifying period for Atlanta’s November 02, 2021 Municipal Elections closed, including races for the City of Atlanta’s Atlanta’s next Mayor, City Council President, and Councilmembers.   Here is an overview of those candidates:   MAYOR OF ATLANTA   Some fourteen candidates qualified […]

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