Atlanta’s next mayor on the city’s future


Atlanta’s next mayor on the city’s future
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In the last two newsletters, we asked mayoral candidates Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore how they would stop the town of Buckhead and increase the supply of affordable housing. Today we ask the last question: we ask where Atlanta is in its history right now and what kind of mayor the city needs.

Why is this important: A mayor’s ability to discuss his big picture gives voters a sense of where that person wants to lead the city.

André Dickens: The board member compared Atlanta at this point in his life to a young adult: he learned to walk and work well with others and thrive. Now is the 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 apply ourselves in a way that goes forward?” Are we going to explode exceptionally with all of these skills that we have, or are we going to take the easy way out and say, ‘Hey, we’re adults, we’re capable and we’re going to keep it as it is?’ “
  • “I believe we have the ability right now to soar, to really thrive and to be an adult,” Dickens said. “To say that something is broken and [you’re] the repair is less than half of the [job] of a mayor. Mayors are supposed to do this and moving the city forward … We have so much growth potential. The mayor of Atlanta from 2022 must be a visionary who gets things done.

Félicia Moore: The Atlanta chairman said the city is at a crossroads and needs a mayor who is experienced and able to start work once sworn in.

  • Moore tells Axios that she will be a mayor who runs, communicates and listens to the needs of voters.
  • What sets her apart from her opponent, says Moore, is that she didn’t just operate in the town hall bubble. Before being elected to city council and later as president, notes Moore, she honed her leadership skills as president of her neighborhood association and president of NPU D.
  • “This city needs a servant leader who is knowledgeable and wants to get things done from day one,” she said.

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