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Atlanta City Council President, Post 3 Races Advance to Run-offs (UPDATE 1)

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Graphic by Adrian Paulette Coleman, Atlanta Progressive News.   (APN) ATLANTA – In the 2021 General Municipal Elections, the races for Council President and Post 3-at-large are heading to a Run-off Election on Nov. 30, 2021, along with Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, and 12.   Meanwhile, several incumbent Councilmembers were reelected, former Councilman Alex Wan (District 6) was elected to […]

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Democrats Denounce Georgia’s Legislative Maps for State House and Senate

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia Democrats strongly critiqued the State Senate and State House maps passed by the Republican-majority as part of the post-Census redistricting process.   The General Assembly has been in a Special Session since Nov. 03, 2021 to consider the new maps.   On Tuesday, November 09, 2021, the State Senate approved the State Senate map, Senate Bill […]

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Moore, Dickens Advance into Run-off, as Reed Falls Short

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(APN) ATLANTA — Atlanta City Council President Felicia A. Moore and Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large) have advanced into a Run-off Election for Mayor of Atlanta that will be held on November 30, 2021.   In addition, several Atlanta City Council races were settled, while others have also advanced into Run-offs; and the Council President race also will […]

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ANALYSIS: Atlanta Candidates Support Progressive Proposals

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(APN) ATLANTA — Candidates for Atlanta City Council in the 2021 Municipal Elections overwhelmingly support specific progressive policy proposals to support affordable housing, environmental stewardship, democratic participation, and criminal justice reform contained in the APN 2021 Candidate Questionnaire, Atlanta Progressive News can reveal.   Most proposals had the support of nearly every candidate.   One proposal even had the support […]

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Russell-Ofchus, Westmoreland Challenger, Promises Transparency

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  (APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents Post 2-at-large Sonya Russell-Ofchus; and her questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   Russell-Ocfhus is challenging incumbent Matt Westmoreland, who, as previously reported by APN, has been a severe enemy to public comment and transparency during his first term on Council […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Russell Hopson, District 1 Atlanta

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  (APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the 2021 City of Atlanta Municipal Elections, this article presents District 1 candidate Russell Hopson; and his questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   Hopson served as President of Neighborhood Planning Unit Y (NPU-Y) for four years, approximately 2014 to 2017.   Prior to that, Hopson served as President of South […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Former State Rep. Ralph Long, III, 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 former State Rep. Ralph Long, III; and his questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   Former State Rep. Long (D-Atlanta) served in the State House District 61 seat from 2009 to 2013.   In 2012, when the Republican-controlled Georgia […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Doug Williams, 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 Doug Williams and his questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   Williams founded and ran a nonprofit organization, the East Lake Farmers Market and Urban Farm, for six years.    According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, Williams […]

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Felicia Moore’s Decade of Unrecorded Votes, Opposing Transparency

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(APN) ATLANTA — Council President Felicia A. Moore has staked her campaign for Mayor of Atlanta on transparency; however, as Committee on Council Chair, Moore conducted a secret vote in 2010 that led to a Georgia Supreme Court ruling that secret votes were unlawful in Georgia; and today, as Council President, she has presided over the adoption and reaffirmation of […]

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APN Candidate Questionnaire: Sherry B. Williams, 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 Sherry B. Williams, and her questionnaire responses to Atlanta Progressive News.   Williams has served as the District 38 Liaison for State Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) from 2013 to 2014; and again in 2021.   Williams has served on […]

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Shipman Lacks Details, Archibong Unfavorable on Council President Role

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(APN) ATLANTA — Doug Shipman, a candidate for City Council President of the City of Atlanta in the November 2021 Municipal Elections, offered general support for public comment and democratic participation in his interview with Atlanta Progressive News.   However, Shipman’s most glaring challenge is his lack of knowledge of Council process and Council history; and his inability to offer […]

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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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