The next Atlanta Mayor on the future of the city

The next Atlanta Mayor on the future of the city
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In the last two newsletters we asked mayoral candidates Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore how they can prevent the town of Buckhead and increase affordable housing. Today we ask the last question: We ask where Atlanta is currently in its history and what kind of mayor the city needs.

Why it matters: A mayor’s ability to discuss his or her grand vision gives voters a sense of where that person wants the city to go.

André Dickens: The councilor compared Atlanta to a young adult at this stage in his life: it learned to walk well, and to work and thrive with others. Now it’s time for Atlanta to decide who it wants to be, he tells Axios.

  • “We can stand up and compete,” says Dickens. “Are we going to be forward-looking? Are we going to explode extraordinarily with all these abilities we have, or are we going to take it easy and say, ‘Hey, we’re adults, we are capable and we’re going to leave it as it is?’ “
  • “I think we now have the ability to rise, to really blossom, and to grow up,” says Dickens. “Say something is broken and [you’re] Repair is less than half [job] a mayor. Mayors should do that and move the city forward … we have so much upside potential. The Mayor of Atlanta from 2022 must be a visionary who gets things done. ”

Felicia Moore: Atlanta’s council president says the city is at a turning point and needs an experienced mayor who can start work after being sworn in.

  • Moore tells Axios that she will be the mayor who will show up and communicate and respond to voter needs.
  • What sets her apart from her opponent, says Moore, is that she did not only operate in the city hall bubble. Before being elected to the city council and later as its president, she honed her leadership skills as president of her neighborhood association and chairwoman of NPU D.
  • “This city needs a servant leader who is knowledgeable and wants to get things done from day one,” she says.

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