Lots of last-minute campaigning occurred this weekend as candidates running for the Atlanta mayor's office, City Council, and Atlanta Public Schools board tried to earn a few more votes.
Atlanta City Council Post 2 At-Large candidate Mary Norwood chatted with neighborhood leaders at a Midtown event and stopped by Chomp and Stomp. Her opponent, incumbent Aaron Watson, held a meet and greet hosted by veteran Atlanta journalist Tom Houck; state Rep. Margaret Kaiser, D-Atlanta; state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur; and his 2009 opponents Amir Farokhi and Weslee Knapp.
Mayor Kasim Reed might have had the busiest schedule. He and supporters, including some City Hall staffers, traveled around Atlanta on Saturday holding signs, tweeting, and making noise about his re-election campaign. He also recruited people to cruise around in the back of a flatbed truck. Candace Byrd, Reed's chief of staff, tweeted:
Fired up and ready to go!!! @KasimReed. The Mayor. @ycyancy @amyhphuong @MikeTSterling @JustinGTanner. pic.twitter.com/UQPBnnuaWc
- Candace Byrd (@ByrdCandace) November 2, 2013
While making the rounds throughout the city, Reed made a special stop on the campaign trail to lend support to Ricardo Mosby, the civil litigation lawyer who's challenging Councilwoman Felicia Moore for her northwest Atlanta seat. Reed waved a few of the challenger's signs and tweeted out some words of encouragement:
Proud of the change Ricardo Mosby is working to bring to Atlanta's 9th Council District... pic.twitter.com/LR43S91CnM
- Kasim Reed (@KasimReed) November 2, 2013
Two weeks ago, Reed and business leaders announced the launch of Continue Atlanta's Progress, an independent expenditure committee that's funneled cash into key council and school board races. The political group contributed to Mosby's effort to unseat Moore, a fiscal watchdog and independent elected official who's regularly voted against the mayor's proposals over the past four years.
On Saturday night, according to someone in attendance, the mayor introduced Mosby and several other candidates whom he's backing during Saturday evening's "Forever Young" Ball, his annual gala for the city's seniors. Not all councilmembers were on hand to dance and mingle with the nearly 5,000 elderly Atlantans - the policymakers received a formal invite last Wednesday along with two VIP tickets - which has led to some speculation about the event's timing.
Reed spokeswoman Anne Torres tells CL that the claims are unfounded given that the dance is "held around this time of year, every year." The sponsored event, she says, did not use city funds.
"If all councilmembers had shown up, all would have been invited to stand on stage with the Mayor, as is typical of all other city events," Torres says.
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