All of City Council's 15 seats are technically up for grabs on Nov. 3, but several incumbents — Carla Smith, Kwanza Hall, Natalyn Archibong, Howard Shook, Felicia Moore and C.T. Martin — will waltz unopposed into another term at City Hall. Here's a rundown of the contested races, some of which might require a Dec. 1 runoff.
District 3: Two-term Incumbent Ivory Lee Young faces off against the Rev. Darrion Fletcher in a district hard hit by foreclosures, crime and mortgage fraud — not that that's the councilman's fault. The race could be tight, as Fletcher has roots in the district that includes historic Vine City but also the booming Westside.
District 4: For 15 years, incumbent Cleta Winslow has represented the diverse district that includes Castleberry Hill, West End and parts of southwest Atlanta. Former NPU-V President LaShawn Hoffman, who's earned endorsements from labor and police union groups, has strong community support and is considered a greater threat to Winslow than opponents Deborah Williams and Sidney Wood.
District 6: A runoff is almost certain in the politically active district that includes Morningside, Virginia-Highland, Midtown and Candler Park. (Incumbent Anne Fauver is not seeking re-election.) Lined up on the ballot are Bahareh Azizi, Steve Brodie, Tad Christian, Liz Coyle, Miguel Gallegos and Alex Wan. Coyle, Brodie and Wan are considered front-runners, but each candidate boasts support from a particular neighborhood or demographic. Too close to call — be on the lookout for fireworks.
District 8: For months, community activist Yolanda Adrean was the the only announced candidate in the race for the north Atlanta district that includes parts of residential Buckhead and Chastain Park. (Incumbent Clair Muller is running for City Council president.) Rick Coleman, about whom little has been heard or known, joined the race shortly before qualifying.
District 11: Welcome to the clusterfuck. After Councilman Jim Maddox's surprise announcement that he wouldn't seek a ninth term representing much of southwest Atlanta, nine candidates joined the ballot. Among the names are former Fulton Commissioner Reginald Eaves, who was convicted 21 years ago for accepting cash in a rezoning scheme. Keisha Lance Bottoms is thought to be a front-runner against Ray Abram, Johnny Dixon, former Councilman Morris “Mo” Finley, Silas Kevil, Edith Ladipo, Alvelyn Sanders and Juanita M. Smith.
District 12: Incumbent Joyce Sheperd faces Curtis Davis Jr. and Keisha Waites in the race to represent Capitol View and Sylvan Hills. Sheperd's strongest challenge comes from Waites, who's run for six elected seats in the last seven years.
Post 3 At-Large: Even with news reports hanging over his head about his questionable charitable organization and tax liens, incumbent H. Lamar Willis could very likely win another four years in office. That's if he's even allowed to stay on the ballot. On Oct. 9, the vice president of the Concerned Black Clergy requested the city investigate whether Willis was still qualified to seek re-election. His lone challenger is Shelitha Robertson.
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