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Monday, July 8, 2013

David Andrew Cox announces bid to unseat City Councilman Aaron Watson

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 3:42 PM

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With four months left until this year's municipal elections, only a few Atlanta City Councilmembers remain unopposed. That number became smaller last week when Buckhead attorney David Andrew Cox announced his plans to challenge City Councilman Aaron Watson for his citywide seat.

Cox tells CL that he's wanted to run for City Council for some time as a "way to have a bigger impact." But what proved to be the true catalyst for this year's run was his displeasure with how the process surrounding the Cheshire Bridge zoning debate took place.

Cox says he's heard mixed opinions about Watson's record during his one-and-only term as a councilman. But he thinks he could represent the city better because he doesn't plan to push Mayor Kasim Reed's agenda.

"There's lots of dissatisfaction with Council as a whole, as well as Seat 2 At-Large," Cox says. "If others don't get involved, then that's the way it's going to [continue]."

The lifelong Atlantan grew up near Adams Park before moving to Buckhead at age 15. He attended a number of Atlanta Public Schools before receiving undergraduate and law degrees from Georgia State University. After working for larger legal firms Kilpatrick and Moore, Ingram, Johnson & Steele, he now practices what he calls "consumer defense" law on his own and as counsel with Pekor & Associates.

Although Cox still lives in Buckhead, he sees himself as someone who relates to all of Atlanta. That's why Cox decided to run against a citywide candidate instead of City Councilman Howard Shook, who represents the neighborhood where he currently resides.

Cox doesn't have a major platform yet, but he intends on listening, being more responsive to constituents, and making sure their voices are heard. That's why he says he adopted the slogan: "One of the people to represent all of the people."

"I don't think 'more of the same' is a good idea," Cox says. "You ought to have new blood in there."

Since Cox just announced his campaign last week, his finance disclosures aren't yet available. Watson's April campaign finance disclosures show that he raised $4,500 and has $1,896 on hand.

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