Alexander the Less-Than-Great 

If Election Day results are any indication, Pam Alexander is poised to win another four years on the Atlanta City Council in next Tuesday's runoff. While not getting the 50 percent outright needed to wrap up the election, her 43 percent was enough to give her ample momentum over opponent H. Lamar Willis, who secured just 26 percent of the vote.

The question is, what do voters see in her? Her first term, from 1994-97, was remarkable only for its callowness. For instance, she thought it was a good idea that companies doing business with City Hall be allowed to buy council members tickets to sports and cultural events. In a debate Sunday, Willis -- an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration -- trounced her. When Willis explained his concerns about Atlanta's dubious plan to fix its sewers, Alexander said she is working on a plan that will save the city "billions."

Uh-huh. Of course, she never explained her idea, and her response had the ring of something she had come up with during the debate.

Alexander and Willis are duking it out over the council's Post 3 at-large seat, which covers the entire city. That means anyone coming out to vote in the Bond/Woolard City Council president race also can have a say in the Alexander/Willis one. Do the city a favor. Go with Willis.

Oh yeah, despite what you may have seen on television, even if you didn't vote Nov. 6, you're still eligible to vote in Tuesday's runoff.


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