Amir Farokhi kicked off his campaign for Atlanta City Council's Post 2 At-large seat on Tuesday with a daylong tour of six neighborhoods. From sunrise to sunset, the Atlanta attorney traveled by MARTA to meet with residents from West End to Buckhead and Candler Park to Midtown.
The tour culminated at 7 p.m. in Grant Park at the Standard, the Memorial Drive restaurant where bartender John Henderson was killed during a botched early-morning robbery on January 7.
Standing in a room surrounded by such supporters as political gadfly Tom Houck and state Rep. Margaret Kaiser, D-Atlanta, the 31-year-old Farokhi outlined a platform of public safety, transparency and transportation.
"I believe you're here because you care about this city," he told the crowd. "That it could be a remarkable, global city, 24 hours a day. You want it run responsibly. You want a safe city. And this November we have the opportunity to really change."
Well wishers were pining to shake Farokhi's hand, so time to chat with him was limited. After the jump, a quick rundown on parts of his platform, many of which are explained in-depth on his website's "issues" page. Yes, we asked him about gambling at Underground Atlanta.
"Atlanta has so much potential," he said. "And we can really use councilmembers who aren't afraid to speak up and say this is something that needs to happen."
Farokhi, who practices commercial litigation at McKenna Long & Aldridge, is a metro Atlanta native. Prior to receiving his law degree from Duke University, he spent a year teaching English in Taiwan. He sits on the Charles R. Drew Charter School's board of directors and the Galloway School's board of trustees.
Farokhi's raised $53,000 and boasts several big-name supporters, including Kaiser and state Rep. Stacy Abrams, D-Atlanta. From what we can tell, his lone opponent in the race is Daryl Graham, a communications professional and community advocate.
For more information about Farokhi's campaign and ideas, visit his website.
(Photo courtesy Amir Farokhi campaign)
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