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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Liz Coyle set to jump in District 6 Council race

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Loyal AJC "unpluggers" might have noticed a little morsel of newsy-ness in Sunday's conversation between the paper's Deborah Solomon Rosalind Bentley and Terri Montague, the Atlanta Beltline Inc. CEO who recently announced her plans to leave the $2.8 billion project come September.

[Montague]:...So I started looking at near-term changes that were going to occur: a turnover in my board that’s about to happen, the mayor leaving. I’ve got one member who hasn’t declared yet but they’re planning to run for public office.

[Bentley]: Who? You’re not being coy are you, and it’s really you?

[Montague]: (Laughs) No, I said a member of the board.

Montague was referring to Liz Coyle, a politically active Midtown resident who's the Atlanta City Council appointment to the Beltline board. Maria Saporta recently reported Coyle's hinted at her plans to run for the District 6 Council seat.

Councilwoman Anne Fauver, who's represented the diverse intown district that includes the Morningside, Midtown and Druid Hills neighborhoods for two terms, won't seek re-election. Before Coyle can jump into the race, she has to resign from her board position, which she is expected to do at its meeting this morning.

For months Coyle's political ambitions have been the subject of debate among the neighborhood's political observers. Some said she would run for the At-Large post that will be vacated by Mary Norwood, who's running for mayor. Others said she'd be better suited for Fauver's seat, as Coyle has more name recognition and familiarity with the area. There was even some talk that Coyle wouldn't run at all.

But unless things have drastically changed between last night and noon, she's prepared to file for the District 6 seat — and join Steve Brodie and Alex Wan in what's sure to be one of this year's most competitive Council races.

More later on Coyle and the interesting dynamics of that race.

(File photo by Joeff Davis)

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