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Atlanta Mayor

The mayor of the city is the chief executive of the city. The mayor is responsible for the administration and operation of the city as well as proposing an annual budget, and appointing city officers and commissioners.
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    Peter Aman Former Partner, Bain & Co.; Former Chief Operating Officer, City of Atlanta

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    Rohit Ammanamanchi Transportation Engineering graduate student

  • Keisha Lance Bottoms

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    John H. Eaves Fulton County Chairman

  • Vincent Fort

  • Kwanza Hall Atlanta City Councilmember District 2

  • Carl A. Jackson

  • Laban King

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    Ceasar C. Mitchell Attorney

  • Mary Norwood Elected Municipal Official

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    Cathy Woolard Public Affairs Executive

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    Glenn S. Wrightson Consultant

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Biographical Information

What experience do you bring to the job to set policy for your city and what is your motivation to serve?

What, in your opinion, is the biggest budget issue facing your city and how, if elected would you propose to address it?

How should your city address the issues of lobbyist gifts, ethical behavior, and transparency in government?

Legal Permanent Residents and naturalized citizens contribute over a billion dollars in state and local taxes each year. How will you help ensure your city is a welcoming place for foreign born entrepreneurs and their families?

Cities across the country are embracing aggressive goals to reduce carbon pollution. What do you believe your municipality should do to support cleaner air?

Campaign Phone (404) 692-7017
I come from a family of civil servants. My mother was involved in the League of Women Voters in our hometown; she went on to serve on the local library and school boards. My father was on the town council. At the dinner table, we talked about being engaged, the spirit of service and why it’s so important. It inspired me to lead a life of service and it drives me today.

Atlanta needs an honest, ethical leader in the mayor’s office, and I would be honored to serve. I’m a hybrid candidate – with deep experience in the private sector and the public sector. I spent 30 years as a consultant the private sector, helping some of the world’s largest companies better serve their customers. My experience in government began in 2001 when I served as a pro bono consultant to Mayor Franklin In 2010 and 2011, I served as Atlanta’s Chief Operating. As a private citizen, I helped lead a dozen non-profits including Partners for H.O.M.E. and the Atlanta Police Foundation. It will take government, business, and non-profits working with the people of this city to advance Atlanta together.

Our city is at a critical juncture. We are growing rapidly and the work we do over the next eight years will determine what kind of city we want to be. Too many people feel left behind and left out. I am running for mayor to make sure we advance Atlanta together – from education to public safety to the development of our neighborhoods and more.
We have two great challenges. Our first is the up to up to $14 billion in transportation and infrastructure dollars coming online. This includes MARTA and T-SPLOST funds, the expansion of the airport and more. It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity that we have to get right.

This comes down to who you trust to execute and spend your tax dollars in a fair, transparent manner. I’ve worked at the highest levels in the private and public sectors. I’ve managed multi-million dollar budgets and overseen thousands of employees. I’ve brought diverse groups people together to tackle some of the city’s greatest challenges. When you compare that to a field of career politicians, who manage small budgets and three-person staffs, I stand out. I’m someone that you can trust to spend these dollars quickly and effectively.

The second is that the city still has a structurally broken budget. When revenues and costs are projected out, we will use up our reserves over the next few years, faster if there is a recession. The next mayor will have to manage the budget tightly to reduce costs while at the same time increasing effectiveness and customer service.
Each new ethics issue from City Hall is worse than the last. Frankly, the behavior of my opponents doesn’t leave room for optimism – from paying city staff to campaign to taking contributions from questionable characters to being fined for breaking campaign finance laws.

You deserve a mayor with a track record of ethical leadership. As COO, I had several employees investigated and fired for breaking the public’s trust. In business, I overhauled the company’s ethics program, re-writing guidelines for the ethical behavior of our multinational firm. My plan includes:

Whistleblower Protection - Encourage and embrace whistleblowers. - Launch a "See Something, Say Something" program - I will personally train all employees on ethics Procurement - When the city reviews multiple bids and decides there is a tie, a lottery will decide the winner, when possible. This way, things are fair. - I will partner with the counties and other city agencies to form a coalition to simplify and streamline regulations and do joint purchasing where possible. - All RFPs, including property, will be readily available to all who sign up for alerts. Ongoing Transparency - All emergency procurements will face stringent audits.  - Expand and make searchable other information, such as contracts, City Hall makes open to the public. - Require managers and directors to submit their taxes annually and offer free financial literacy and management classes for all employees. 
The first thing we have to do is be just that, a welcoming place – not just for foreign-born entrepreneurs, but for all legal permanent residents, naturalized citizens and everyone else regardless of their profession. I am committed to keeping Atlanta a constitutional city and maintaining our current policies.

For small businesses and innovators, we must expedite our permitting process and make it easier to do business with the city. We must continue to foster growth in a way that ensures access to capital for companies of all sizes, and access to shared work spaces, incubators, and other spaces where economic clusters can thrive. I will also open up Atlanta as a “beta test city” for new ideas. We should be on the cutting edge when it comes to things like automated vehicles, sensory technology and other fresh ideas that we have the human and physical capital to support. Finally, the best thing a government can do is simply get out of the way. If the City isn’t helping, it’s usually it’s often just making things more onerous, and as mayor, I won’t let that happen.
Atlanta should lead where the federal government has not. We will back the Paris Climate Accord locally. It’s an environmental issue but also one of equity. A high percentage of our air pollution comes from commuters. Higher exposure to air pollution can cause asthma, heart problems, and cancer. It exacerbates pre-existing conditions. It disproportionately impacts children in low-income areas. Indeed, two adjacent zip codes in Atlanta have a 12-year difference in life expectancy. The richer, northern one is longer. This is not right.

As mayor, I will also be a champion for greater transportation mobility – from improved sidewalks and bike lanes to investments in rail and centralized traffic grids. In City Hall, we’ll phase out gasoline-powered vehicles and move towards all electric. And, I’ll support MARTA’s efforts to do the same. There’s also more we must do to protect neighborhoods from pollution, including sewage overflow and illegal dumping.

Also, we have to improve our quality of life. Achieving this involves my entire platform, whether its access to better schools, increased safety, and more affordable housing.

It is also essential that the tree canopy be a part of this conversation. Trees combat the effects of carbon dioxide. That’s one of many reasons that it’s critical that we review the tree ordinance to make sure we ensure the preservation of the “City in a Forest.”
Campaign Phone (678) 664-9822
My motivation to serve comes from a lifelong goal to help as many people as I can, through which ever career I ended up choosing. My motivation to run for Mayor of Atlanta at this time came from a simple observation that all 9 top candidates currently or previously worked for the city in a leading role, and with this tragically failing condition of the city’s foundation, none of them should be allowed to continue or resume their reign of neglect.

My experience may seem limited in scope and scale at first, but I hope to apply the innovative solutions that I learned and led at Georgia Tech to solve many of the crushing issues that Atlanta faces today. My background as a transportation engineering student gave me critical insight on how slowly and inefficiently this city operates, and the expertise handed down by my professors exposed me to what policies would be appropriate for a growing 21st century city. Drastic policy rehauls are needed, and if done right, a zoning policy re-write would address gentrification, housing, access to economic opportunities, traffic, and transit-oriented development all in one shot. Additionally, new policy is needed to allow the utilization of new technological solutions that simply didn't exist when policies were last written. The internet could easily be used to immediately improve ethics and accountability as well as civic engagement.
The biggest budget failure is not for roadway infrastructure, but actually it's for drainage infrastructure. The giant ugly elephant in the room is that replacing our aging drainage and splitting the combined sewer and stormwater would cost billions upon billions of dollars, and there just isn't a revenue source for this, especially with how mismanaged the Department of Watershed Management is right now. We may simply have to bite the bullet and start by taking out bonds for replacing water infrastructure, with the promise that when we rebuild the leaky pipes (30% leakage currently!!) it will reduce costs for the city. We also have new sustainable stormwater strategies including bioswales and retention ponds which can actually help our tree canopy and allow us to not have to replace old broken drainage, simply remove it. A collection of new strategies and new political will could spur the smart revitalization of our infrastructure, then when public trust is restored, we could consider raising the MOST and leveraging public-private partnerships for the additional funding.
As for the corruption scandal at City Hall, I would go forward by having all contracts for all RFPs be submitted through a Google Form, where all submission responses would be publicly viewable always. This would result in several things: 1) anyone who wants to see which contractors submitted a proposal can do so by a simple google search, and 2) we would only receive submissions that developers are so truly proud of that they are willing to make it public. I would make all public-facing city operations accessible in this way, from accounting and budgeting, to development and transportation planning. Through this online format, city officials and citizens can engage in real time, and citizens can provide their input on plans as they are being planned and help shape them. This way of operating would blur the line between the City and the People, as it is meant to be. We the People should not be begging and advocating for the City to do what we need... We the People should BE the City and do what we need for ourselves.

As many other candidates have said, it starts with electing ethical leaders. And as many other candidates have shown, they are not the most ethical people. I would be an absolutely fresh slate in regards to business and political relationships. I have a very modest life and modest desires for myself, and can guarantee that I wouldn't take undeserved gifts or award undeserved contracts.
I should know the most about this, as I am myself a first generation immigrant to this country. I was born in Chennai, India, my family moved here when I was very young, and I remained as a legal permanent resident until I became a naturalized citizen at age 19. Through this time I had the pleasure of living in very culturally diverse neighborhoods in NYC and NJ, where minority groups were thriving due to the abundance of retail specific to each culture. That was NYC though, and this is Atlanta, where we have historically been white and black. Now, we do have cultural centers along Buford Highway, in NW Atlanta, and in Decatur, but they are oppressed by the lack of access and walkability. In addition to boosting access to existing cultural hubs, I would take the revitalization of Downtown as an opportunity to make sure that we provide and reserve small and medium sized retail spaces for culturally specific businesses, and incentivize cultural diversity through funding arts and music. Diversity is critical for any society to flourish, and in this rapidly globalizing world, we would be remiss to neglect the impact that foreign born people have on our great city.
I have actually participated in the Resilient Atlanta initiative for strategies for aggressively increasing the tree canopy, decreasing parking requirements, and better utilizing IoT for asset management. So what I believe Atlanta should do to support clean air will actually be published in a book written by the City itself, along with actionable goals and next steps. So in short, we should strengthen the tree ordinance by aggressively filling in gaps in the shade network, replacing excess parking with trees, and requiring that developers replace any tree that they cut, preferably in a place that covers a walk/bike path with shade. This would be enforced with a detailed tree asset management system that logs each tree's location and condition.

The other facet of this is taking action on our promise to conform to 100% clean energy by 2035. Currently we are at 2%. We need to identify all sources of dirty energy: cars, buildings, and yes even planes (Delta has got to figure something out with regards to jet fuel tech), and invest in the replacement of these energy sources with clean energy such as wind, solar, and other cleanly generated electricity. In the meantime, we can also reduce car traffic by encouraging all other modes of travel by making them more preferable to driving. I would incentivize transit oriented development, many new electric trolleybus lines (not streetcar), and fix all the broken amd missing sidewalks that have been unkept for way too long.
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Campaign Phone (470) 588-1217
As Chairman of Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners for the past ten years, I have led the largest local government in the State of Georgia. There has been ZERO corruption or scandal in Fulton County. Also, whereas the County was once mired by division along racial, partisan and geographical lines, I have unified the County’s Democrats and Republicans, residents from the South and the North and Atlanta in between. During my tenure, I have kept property taxes low, reduced crime and the recidivism rate, saved Grady Hospital and rebuilt our library system.

I want to lead a city that is compassionate and prosperous; with a government that is trustworthy, values community, promotes safety, and operates efficiently and effectively. We will accomplish this by putting the best people in place; enacting the highest ethics policies (with zero tolerance for corruption) while keeping a keen eye on the city’s finances and working to provide as much tax relief as possible to residential and commercial taxpayers. Community-driven development will be attained through partnerships to drive future (smart) growth.
There are multiple issues as it pertains to budget line items. For example, we need more money for more police and firefighters, and to provide the kind of pay to keep them here after we recruit them. At the same time, we need funds to grow and develop our neighborhoods. WE need more money for infrastructure projects. I plan to address this with a strategic plan that begins on Day One. As part of my overall plan, On Day ONE, I will launch an analysis of the City’s financial condition to provide real data on the next best steps to achieve our overall goals and how to fund them.
By being an open book, just as I did leading Fulton County the past 10 years. In that time, Fulton has become the role model for local governments nationwide. Just recently we were named the best county in the nation for transparency and ethics in government, by the National Association of Counties (NACo). Also as part of my Day ONE plan, I will empanel a Mayor’s Commission on E.T.H.I.C.S. (Ethics, Transparency, Honesty in City Services) to begin a complete review of policies and procedures to end the taint of corruption on City Hall which will include EVERY department or division in the City Government.
What makes us strong is our diversity. Atlanta has a world class international airport and is an international destination. My work as the Regional Director of the Peace Corps afforded me the opportunity to travel to many countries, gaining experience that a mayor needs in order to attract foreign-born entrepreneurs and other business interests to our City. I am the only candidate uniquely qualified in this critical area.
Exactly what we have done at Fulton County under my leadership as County Chairman the past ten years. We took great strides in improving the quality of health and wellness of 1 million residents by enacting policies and procedures to ensure that we reduced carbon emissions and other adverse activities that endanger our environment. Specifically, we amended our zoning ordinance to put "teeth" into enforcement measures, and to require safe and clean construction projects in order to build new communities, both commercial and residential.
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Campaign Phone (404) 850-1376
I have served the people of Atlanta for 15 years in public office, first with the Board of Education for three years and 12 years on the City Council. During my service on the City Council I have brought people together from all walks of life to solve problems big and small. Some of my accomplishments that uniquely prepare me to serve as Atlanta’s next Mayor include: “Year of Boulevard” (improved public safety, provided after-school and summer programming for kids, connected families with greatest need to services) Criminal Justice Reform (Ban the Box, Pre-Arrest Diversion Program, Body Cameras, Police Transparency and Quality of Life reforms). Clean Energy Policies (100% Clean Energy by 2035, Property Assessed Clean Energy, Better Buildings Challenge). Champion of programs and policies that enhance all neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for all citizens (Atlanta Streets Alive, Tiny House, Food Trucks, Art on the Beltline, Bicycle Lanes and Relay Bike Share program, AC3 Conference) Led and funded development of individual Neighborhood Plans for every neighborhood in District 2, which helped individual neighborhoods to define their interests and concerns so that the City could support their vision and resist development plans inconsistent with it.
I think our biggest challenge is how to continue to raise the bar on the city’s financial health and operational efficiency while identifying resources to address our infrastructure backlog and improve oversight for projects undertaken by Renew Atlanta, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Department of Watershed Management, TSPLOST and MARTA.
The City has a strong ethics policy and already requires every employee to go through training. My role as Mayor will be to establish the highest standards of ethical conduct and transparent management practices from the Mayor’s Office, to all top managers and down to the rank and file employees.

We all are involved in delivering the services that our citizens need and deserve and we are doing that with their money. Honesty and transparency will be hallmarks of my administration and wrongdoers will find themselves at the receiving end of swift justice.
I have traveled to 41 countries and had the opportunity to serve as a German Marshall Fellow and I currently serve as a Senior Fellow for the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. I think we have so much to learn and so many ways to grow through international relationships, and I make every effort to support entrepreneurs. Further, I authored 17-R-4256 that expresses support for Dreamers, but also contains Atlanta’s first immigrant detainer policy, whereby the City will comply with ICE detainer requests when an agent has a judicial warrant. I do not want anyone in Atlanta who is foreign-born to live in fear.
I believe that cities play a critical role in climate leadership, and as Mayor of Atlanta, I look forward to implementing the legislation that I authored and passed unanimously in May to make city buildings powered by 100% clean energy by 2025 and our community as a whole powered by 100% clean energy by 2035. This initiative will create tens of thousands of jobs, save our residents on their utility bills and clean our air and water while doing our part to mitigate climate change.
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Campaign Phone (404) 376-6833
I am uniquely qualified to serve as Mayor of Atlanta. I have tirelessly fought for all Atlantans for more than 16 years as a member of the Atlanta City Council and currently serving as the Atlanta City Council President, which is considered to be equivalent to a Vice-Mayor position. In this capacity, I assume the role and responsibility as Mayor when the current Mayor travels out of town or in the event that there is a vacancy in the office. This experience has afforded me the rare opportunity of being close enough to the Executive Branch of the city to understand what is necessary operationally to keep the city running efficiently, while still managing the Legislative Branch. Outside of my role as an elected official, I am a practicing attorney with the second largest global law firm in the country, DLA Piper, where I specialize in commercial real estate and corporate finance. I am running for Mayor because I believe in this city and I want all Atlantans to have the opportunity to participate in its growth. I am a direct beneficiary of all the great things this city has to offer. I was born and educated here and now I am serving my community and raising my family here. I want to give back to the city that has been so instrumental in shaping the individual and leader that I have become. Additionally, I want to become Mayor because I want all of the city’s children, including my own, to be able to reach their goals and their full potential.
The City is in a great financial position. While serving as Atlanta Council President, Standard & Poor's has raised the city's rating to AA+ from AA. Atlanta has been rated Aa1 by Moody's, up from Aa2. We continue to adopt balanced budgets, we have close to $175 million in cash reserves, and we have well over $600 million to fund improvements for bridges, streets facilities, and transit. However, I believe there must be better oversight of the sales tax dollars received and transparent in the form of dedicated project management for the current and future projects funded through city taxes. For instance, the funds raised via the T-SPLOST tax must be used for thoughtful transportation improvements. When I am Mayor, residents will have complete insight into the City's budget because it will be online where everyone can see and analyze. I have always been an advocate for transparency.
I will bring transparency to the city's contracting and procurement process. As Mayor, I will place all city contracts and vendors online for public inspection to ensure fairness and transparency in the procurement process. In addition to placing city financial expenditures and spending online free of charge for public view, I will limit the use of “no bid” contracts to only emergency conditions where there is a threat to the public, health, welfare or safety of residents so that all vendors have the same access and opportunity to participate and be awarded city contracts. Additionally, I will reorganize the city’s Office of Compliance, to provide greater oversight and work in concert with the Ethics Office, Internal Auditor’s Office, and Contract Compliance Office to ensure that the city is in compliance with all local, state, and federal rules and regulations and to effectively investigate all allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption in city government. Lastly, I will enhance the city’s ethics rules to create a culture of openness and accountability throughout the city. I will amend the city’s ethics code to create a comprehensive Whistleblower Statute that covers any individual who reports misconduct or unlawful behavior committed by a city employee, officer, or contractor. The Whistleblower Statute will provide monetary rewards to encourage individuals to provide information leading to the termination or arrest of individuals engaging in unethical conduct.
I believe a robust immigrant and foreign community is a hallmark of a great 21st century City. I value equality and inclusiveness for all, which creates a diverse economic and societal composition that makes this City so unique. As Mayor, I will attract international corporations of all sizes highlighting the benefits of Atlanta as a global logistics hub.

My Office of Immigrant Affairs will broaden activities to promote and support the naturalization of non-citizen immigrants. I will partner with our legal and nonprofit communities to host semiannual workshops with pro bono legal services, and provide assistance with completing the application for U.S. citizenship.

I will also collaborate with the Atlanta Public Schools to expand ESOL services. Geared toward families, growing ESOL services will foster a welcoming environment through education, acculturation, and removing language barriers between immigrants and community members promoting greater understanding.

My administration will improve the interactions foreign-born residents have with City government. Each sworn officer of the Atlanta Police Department will undergo cultural sensitivity training on how best to interact with communities. Our Workforce Development Agency will increase the number of H1B Visas by developing a training program to assist area companies in need of highly-skilled talent.
As President of the Atlanta City Council, energy and water consumption standards were strengthened for commercial buildings. Addressing climate change should be a priority for every 21st century City. As Mayor, I will adhere to the terms of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement that demanded that by 2020, cities reduce their emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels. I will also accelerate private sector investment in energy efficiency.

Under my administration, Renew Atlanta and TSLPOST funding would be utilized in an efficient manner to expand public transportation and transit facilities throughout the City. An organized transit system is an important factor in reducing our cities carbon emissions. Coordination with MARTA on prioritizing transportation projects will play a vital role in achieving clean air standards, and my administration would take a thoughtful approach to addressing energy consumption.

As Mayor, I will increase the use of solar electricity at public buildings. I will advocate for the use of solar power at all City facilities, and encourage the installation of solar panels by providing incentives to residential and commercial developers. Encouraging energy efficiency standards will also be considered in the rewrite of our Zoning ordinance. I will also increase the opportunities for energy-producing projects at our City’s landfills, by capturing additional methane gas for reuse.
Campaign Phone (404) 478-7830
I have devoted myself to representing "ALL" Atlantans. As an At-Large member of City Council, I have traveled to every neighborhood within our great City of Atlanta, and I have attended hundreds of community meetings and events. The residents of Atlanta know me. I am accessible and available. Our citizens turn to me when they need help dealing with City Hall. This has kept me in touch with what really matters to our residents. I am a people’s advocate and will be a mayor for ALL of our communities. I have built a coalition of Democrats, Republicans and Independents both by gender and race. I am honored to have the support from law enforcement professionals, fire fighters, city employees, the LBGTQ community, senior citizens and voters in every age group across our city. Given the diversity of Atlanta ‘s voting population, this represents a winning political coalition. As our next Mayor, I will continue to fight for a Safe, Transparent, Prosperous and Sustainable city government. I have administrative experience as the Chief Operating Officer of a regional broadcasting company, the President of a national business association, the Principal Broker of a Georgia-based real estate firm, and the founder and developer of an internet-based computer telephony company.
The biggest budget issue is the retention of our dedicated, hard-working and outstanding law enforcement and public safety officers. I would support a targeted, community-based approach to fighting crime and making our city a safer place for everyone in every neighborhood .

My initiatives would include, but are not limited to the following: ● Increasing police pay to boost officer retention and maintain an experienced full force with high morale.

● Expanding the APD to 2000 sworn officers.

● The International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) local Atlanta chapter has endorsed me for Mayor. The Local 623 organization represents nearly 1,200 officers of the Atlanta police department.

● Employing mentorship programs, re-entry programs, and other community-based programs to help juvenile offenders turns their lives around and reduce repeat offenses.

● As Atlanta has one of the largest human trafficking industries in America, I will work with state and federal law enforcement agencies to fight human trafficking and sex trafficking. I will also collaborate with nonprofits who help trafficking victims.

● I will utilize compulsory community service and other reform based solutions to prevent incarcerating non-violent offenders.

● I will curb recidivism through repeat offender intercession and vigorous prosecution of chronic offenders who pose a threat to our community.
Transparency has always been a mainstay of my political platform. Allowing the general public access to the city’s finances online is a simple solution by utilizing programs such as OPEN.gov. I have championed this type reporting and accountability through the legislative process. As it relates to lobbyist gifts and ethical behaviors, the City of Atlanta’s Department of Ethics already has clearly defined policies and procedures and clearly outlining prohibited sources. As lobbyist actions are already regulated by state and federal laws, I would suggest, on the municipal level, the implementation of quarterly disclosure reporting of allowable acceptations - versus the annual disclosure only - for improved reporting practices. The City of Atlanta’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs was specifically established for the purpose of facilitating relations with state and federal agencies to develop the annual legislative package, follow proposals and laws affecting the City of Atlanta, as well as, interact with registered lobbyists. We would continue that tradition of previous mayors by supporting this office.
Small, Disadvantaged, Female and Minority-owned businesses quilt the tapestry of Atlanta’s business community landscape. These entities are essential in continuing to grow diversity in the corporate, government and non-profit arenas, while driving the talent pool and creating employment. To ensure our city is a welcoming place for foreign-born entrepreneurs and their families, I will actively promote full and equal business opportunities for all persons seeking to do business with the City of Atlanta by actively supporting the continuation of Atlanta’s present Equal Business Opportunities Programming. Ultimately, our leading with ideas; implementing more inclusionary participation; mentoring skilled immigrants; collaborating with the larger business community and interacting with other small businesses are all very attainable goals that would help make Atlanta even more welcoming.
In Atlanta, electricity consumption accounts for more than 50% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). In Georgia, natural gas and coal account for two-thirds of our electricity generation. Renewable energy accounts for just over 4%. Generating a much more substantial portion of electricity from renewable energy such as solar and wind and increasing the energy efficiency of our homes and workplaces will greatly reduce the amount of GHG emissions; climate change impact; inequities in our energy system and negative health outcomes from poor air quality. Distributed renewable energy resources such as rooftop, community and cooperative solar will save communities money on utility costs and allows them to be more adaptive and resilient to climate change impacts. The distributed nature of solar and other renewables enables communities to better manage and prepare for extreme weather and climactic events if the electric grid is damaged or disconnected. I will support significant increases in clean and renewable energy sources by implementing the Climate Action Plan strategies; energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy systems for city buildings; expanding the residential and commercial rooftop solar markets; providing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for residential and commercial properties, and weatherization and energy efficiency resources for low-income household and seniors. These strategies and associated GHG reductions will make Atlanta a healthier, affo
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Atlanta is at a critical juncture. Projections show us growing to 8 million people by 2040, and as we all know, this city simply can’t withstand that many new residents in its current condition. Work needs to be done to improve transit, put a damper on rising housing costs, and reverse a worrying trend toward favoritism and unsavory deals in City Hall. I want to serve as mayor because I have the experience to tackle these problems, the integrity to do it with honesty and fairness, and of course, because I love this city and believe it can be better for all of us. I was the first openly gay elected official in this state’s history when I served as a councilwoman and later as president of the Atlanta City Council. The work I did in those roles, particularly with respect to building a movement to make the Atlanta BeltLine a reality, demonstrates that I know how to operate the levers of power and policy efficiently, how to collaborate with other branches of government across the region, how to solve complex problems, and most importantly, how to lead.
Our biggest challenge with the budget will be finding the money to pay for the upgrades this city desperately needs. Transforming our transportation infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion, improving our water and sewer system, fixing our streets and expanding our sidewalks, constructing thousands of new affordable housing units—all of these things will cost money. Atlantans already carry their fair share of the burden. Property taxes are going up, and the city’s sales tax sits at about 9 percent. It’ll take a fair bit of creativity to align our needs with the existing budget without passing the buck to residents, but I’m no stranger to creative solutions. You can expect me to work with local officials, state legislators, our federal government, private entities, and others to see that the city moves forward without reaching into residents’ pockets again.
I’ve served in office before. I understand there are official ethics guidelines, but I also understand there are the certain things you do because they’re right. I’ve always told my staff: “If you can see the line, you’re standing too close.” I’ve worked hard to be a transparent candidate, and anyone that’s followed my campaign can vouch for that. I file my paperwork on time, making sure it’s detailed and accurate, and I behave in a way that demonstrates I hold myself to the highest ethical standards.

With that in mind, I think the best solution to improving ethics across the city is strengthening and clarifying our rules, documenting everything in complete detail, and adopting a “trust but verify” mindset. Appointees in my administration will be chosen based on their merits, nothing else. That will begin the process of shifting the culture around City Hall from being one of hidden agendas to one of forthrightness and accountability. I’ll take steps to protect the Atlanta Ethics Board from budget cuts, so that no part of my administration can operate without supervision, and I’ll rebuild our Procurements and Payments Department to eliminate “pay to play” behavior.
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport links Atlanta to the world, but we still have work to do before we’re a truly international city. We haven’t committed deeply enough to changes that will make this city welcoming to newcomers wishing to call Atlanta and the United States home. Something as simple as implementing multilingual signage in strategic locations could make us a more attractive option to foreign-born talent. We can honor the different cultures in this community through the arts and with holiday festivals, and we should provide ample business development opportunities to entrepreneurs.

More direct action is also in order. When I’m mayor, I’ll work to make Atlanta a refugee resettlement city. This city has the heart and the ability to accept people fleeing disaster and unrest overseas, and it’s time we embraced that. Refugees could contribute so much to our culture and prosperity.
Our city is committed to being 100 percent renewable by 2035. That’s an aggressive timeline, but climate change cannot wait. It will take quite a financial investment to fulfill our commitment, so we need to develop a detailed plan on how we’re going to secure funding to get it done. Once I’m in office, I’ll connect with all the necessary parties to get a plan enacted. Anything we can do to convince commercial and residential developers to invest in solar—from tax credits to installation loans—will be considered to hasten us toward our goal.

I believe cleaner air starts with fewer cars on the road, and I’ll push an aggressive schedule for finishing five new integrated transit lines. I want to build out the city’s transit system, connecting people to the BeltLine and other key points across town, and then go a step further by connecting Atlanta to regional and national rail networks.

As an avid walker and cyclist, I’m conscious of efforts to bridge that “last mile” so people can get around without a car. I’ll make sure no plan moves forward without provisions to expand the reach of sidewalks and create new bike lanes, too.
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In a professional capacity, I have consulted with municipal systems about city finances determining how revenue is derived and allocated to the various services the the city may provide for over 30 years.
I believe the check engine light is on at City Hall. I do not think the City is well positioned to accommodate currently witnessed and expected growth and must adjust it capacity to manage the core deliverable services, The City has too many non-productive employees, spends too much money on "fancy banquets", does not operate smart and has a lack of vision of future needs.

The biggest budget issue is the poor work performance of City employees and the reluctance of so-called "leadership" to require more inefficiencies and greater productivity so to provide for more compensation to the City workers that are producing to the benefit of the taxpayers.
Limit donations to campaigns to $100 per person - require purchasing agents to provide copies of proposals to outside consultant on projects costing in excess of $1,000,000 ( no subdividing work ) and I would NOT put all transactions on the internet as most of the other candidates have proposed. That is not the way to operate a City Government -
Treat everyone as I would want to be treated
I would encourage green energy production, use of mass transit, restrict plastic grocery bags and gas--powered leaf blowers and turn out the lights when i leave a room -

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