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Friday, August 21, 2009

Liz Coyle resigns from Beltline board

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CL reported last month that some residents of political minefield District 6 expressed concerned over City Council candidates Liz Coyle and Alex Wan's positions on the boards of Atlanta Beltline Inc. and the Atlanta Development Authority.

Some residents of the district — which includes Midtown, Candler Park and Virginia-Highland — thought the candidates' service posed a potential conflict of interest. There was also confusion about the city's rules regarding city candidates who sit on such boards. But the rules said there wasn't a problem for either political hopeful, and that was that.

At Beltline CEO Terri Montague's going-away party on Aug. 17 (she steps down at the end of the month), Coyle told ABI boardmembers that she was resigning from the board.

Coyle told CL at last night's Beltline quarterly briefing that she made the decision several weeks ago so she could focus her energy on the crowded City Council race. The debate about the conflict of interest was also a factor, she said.

"While I believe it in my heart there was no conflict, [the issue] was a concern for me," she said. "But truly the main motivation is focusing my energy on running for City Council District 6."

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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