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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Washington Post names Mayor Kasim Reed as one of its 'top 10 rising stars'

Mayor Kasim Reed received a bit of national recognition this morning as The Washington Post named him as a political figure worth watching in the coming years.

The Fix, one of the D.C. newspaper's political blogs, was highlighting men and women who "are expected to make some moves in the coming years." Post staffers Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake write about Atlanta's mayor:

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed: Shifting demographics in Georgia have made Democrats bullish about their future in the Peach State. And no discussion about the future is complete without Reed, who a former state legislator who was elected by the slimmest of margins in 2009. Since that time, Reed, 44, has built his national profile, and he's one of the Democratic Party's biggest rising African American stars. The 2018 governor's race seems like Reed's best bet to move up. In the meantime, he's cultivating relationships with the national party: The Democratic National Committee is reportedly set to add him to its executive committee Friday.

In addition, the Post mentions four other Democrats: Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. Five GOP members are also named: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, George P. Bush, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, Iowa Lieutenant Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Oklahoma state House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

It's worth noting that Reed is the only elected city official among the 10 people selected.

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