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Friday, May 31, 2013

Archibong draws another opponent for City Council seat

  • Courtesy Christian Enterkin
The race to represent East Atlanta, Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, Kirkwood, and other surrounding neighborhoods on the Atlanta City Council has just become a little more crowded.

Christian Enterkin, a Kirkwood homeowner for the past seven years, has entered the District 5 race. She'll now face off against current City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, East Atlanta resident Matt Rinker, and direct democracy czar Jon Jones.

"[I'm] ready to make community better," Enterkin tells CL. I don't believe we're being heard."

Enterkin, currently the vice president of acquisitions at Landmark Dividend, has worked for more than a decade as a real estate professional. Now she wants to give residents a "better ballot choice" by bringing "real policy changes" at a time when she's seen property taxes rise and city services reduced. If elected, she'd push for greater transparency at City Hall, an "honest" department of watershed management, and improved public works.

"I have fought for years to have my wrongful water bill corrected and to receive regular garbage [and] recycling pick-ups," she says in a statement. "This is not too difficult of a task for most cities."

She told CL she also wants to make the district safer. Enterkin says her time as the public safety chair of the Kirkwood Neighbors' Organization has helped her understand the "inner workings of Atlanta Police." She says she helped improve crime in her neighborhood after seeing officers wouldn't respond to her complaints or properly do their jobs.

"A lot of what I see in Kirkwood is disgusting," says Enterkin. "[It's] to the point where I'm ready to serve."

Enterkin, who has just started her campaign, has not filed finance disclosures yet. Meanwhile, Archibong's March campaign finance disclosures show that the councilwoman raised $30,217.97 and has $15,670.41 on hand.

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