And he's running not as a Republican or a Democrat, but an independent candidate. The district, which includes Brookhaven, Buckhead, Lindbergh-Morosgo, and other communities, was most recently represented by state Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Buckhead, who's stepping down to run for Congress.
Bozarth, a Garden Hills resident, has played a key role in many local initiatives, including MARTA's Lindbergh transit-oriented development and the preservation of the former North Fulton High School which ultimately became the Atlanta International School.
The husband and father of four, who also spent more than 25 years at IBM, has served on nearly every neighborhood civic group you can name in addition to organizations such as the Atlanta Council on International Relations, the International Club of Atlanta, and the Civil War Roundtable of Atlanta.
From 2002 to 2010, he served as the executive director of Common Cause Georgia, where he regularly advocated for ethics reform. (Also, per his "about" page: "I don't have cable TV. I do my own yard work. I drive a 2000 Neon that was my youngest daughter's car in college.")
"During those years fighting for honest and accountable government, I witnessed the overwhelming influence of money in the political process, and I promise to be a different kind of representative, whose actions and votes in office can never be questioned as payback to special interests for favors done," Bozarth says on his website. "While other candidates may seek maximum contributions from those who would offer them, I will not. My loyalty will be to my own sense of what is best for the average voter in my district and the people of the state of Georgia."
First, however, Bozarth will need to petition for ballot access, which is quite ridiculous in Georgia. Between January and July he'll try to collect approximately 2,000 signatures from the district's registered voters so he can qualify.
Across the city, candidates for the Atlanta mayor's office, Atlanta City Council, and Atlanta Public Schools board will gather with supporters and keep an eye on incoming election results.
We've listed a handful of soirees below to help you plan your evening accordingly. All are open to the public and, one should always assume, will expect you to pay for your beverages. Party safe, drink responsibly, and call a cab if you've had one too many!
Kasim Reed: Hizzoner will be holding court and most likely celebrating four more years at City Hall at the Hyatt Regency. The fun kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and lasts until, well, whenever the party ends. Here's the Facebook page.
Al Bartell: The underdog mayoral candidate will host a jazz and hip-hop concert by Atlanta musicians from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Metro Fuxon. It's located at 554 Piedmont Avenue, NE.
Mary Norwood: The former councilwoman, mayoral candidate, and unsuccessful Fulton County Commission hopeful will be praying to the gods that she reclaims her old Post 2 At-Large seat at her Ormewood Park headquarters. The address is 1153 Ormewood Ave., SE.
Aaron Watson: The Post 2-At Large incumbent and sustainability champion will mingle with supporters at Park Tavern on the edge of Piedmont Park.
Andre Dickens: The political newcomer and contender for the Post 3 At-Large seat will join friends, family, and supporters - maybe former Mayor Shirley Franklin will make an appearance? - at Manuel's Tavern in Poncey-Highland. Polls close at 8 p.m., but they're not expecting things to kick off until around 9 p.m.
Alex Wan: The District 6 incumbent, who's facing challenges from self-employed sports agent Tracy Austin and businessman Mike Boyle, will watch election results at the Colonnade Restaurant starting at 7:30 p.m.
John Paul "J.P." Michalik: The District 5 candidate and Hulk Hogan doppelganger will be with friends at the Old Fourth Ward's Drafting Table bar starting at 6:30 p.m.
Christian Enterkin: The Kirkwood candidate will be with campaign supporters at the Pullman Restaurant at 1992 Hosea Williams Drive beginning at 8 p.m.
Felicia Moore: The District 9 incumbent, who's facing a tough re-election campaign against Ricardo Mosby, will spend the evening with supporters at Westside Pizzeria located at 2341 Marietta Blvd.
Matt Rinker: The District 5 candidate will watch results from home with supporters.
Still no word on where Councilman H. Lamar Willis will wait and learn whether he'll keep his seat. Or if Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong will be throwing her own event. Know of a party not listed above? Send us a line or let us know in the comments.
Some voters in Candler Park, home to some of the city's most civically active and engaged voters, are receiving the wrong ballots, adding a wrinkle to what many had hoped to be a relatively smoother Election Day than in past years.
Kate Sandhaus of the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization tells us that some voters who arrive at Epwoth United Methodist Church are being given ballots listing races for different Atlanta City Council and Atlanta Public Schools board districts.
She's heard from numerous Candler Park voters who typically vote at the church who say they were given ballots asking them to decide the APS District 3 race, in which Matt Westmoreland is running unopposed, and the heated City Council District 5 race between incumbent Natalyn Archibong, Christian Enterkin, Matt Rinker, and J.P. Michalik.
The only problem: those voters are supposed to actually decide the APS District 1 race between incumbent Brenda Muhammad and Leslie Grant. City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who represents the district, is running unopposed.
If you're gonna grab a campaign sign from someone's front yard, you should first make sure there's not a home surveillance system recording your every move. At least if you're in Reynoldstown.
A tipster passed along the video from Wednesday evening which features someone plucking a lawn sign supporting Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong from a front yard in the southeast Atlanta neighborhood.
The race to represent District 5, which includes Reynoldstown, Edgewood, East Atlanta, and East Lake, is one of the municipal election season's most crowded. (Considering that our tipster says someone has also been scooping up signs in Edgewood, quite heated.) Archibong, who is seeking a fourth term at City Hall, is running against Matt Rinker, Christian Entrekin, Jon Jones, and John Michalik.
According to Lewis' office, the civil rights icon was arrested at approximately 4:15 p.m. Buzzfeed reports that Lewis and fellow Congressmen Joe Crowley, Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, Jan Schakowsky, Keith Ellison, Al Green, Charlie Rangel joined more than 100 activists and started a "peaceful sit-in blocking a street in the front of the Capitol." The protest was part of the Camino Americano Rally for Immigrant Dignity and Respect, an effort to restart immigration reform in Congress.
Lewis has been placed in handcuffs "at least" 45 times, his spokeswoman says. He was arrested more than 40 times during the Civil Rights Movement. Since serving in Congress, he's been arrested five times.
"He was arrested twice at the South African embassy protesting apartheid, twice at the Embassy of the Sudan protesting genocide in Darfur and today he was arrested to demand dignity and respect for immigrants," his office said.
Last night, Dunahoo began commenting on the "Rise up against Georgia hb689" Facebook group in response to arguments against a piece of legislation he's co-sponsoring that would require all bicycles be registered and licensed for a $15 fee. In addition, the legislation would place rules against groups of more than four bicyclists pedaling together and restrictions on which major roadways cyclists could use. Dunahoo explained on the Facebook group that he wanted to raise awareness about certain cyclists "not abiding by the rules of the road" but does not actually plan to vote for his own proposed legislation.
"You are missing the point," Dunahoo said in a Facebook comment. "I said I will not vote for this !!! It will more than likely be dropped ! You need to understand there are a lot of people FED UP with certain cyclist and the way they hog the road . There are also many motorist that need to be more patient with cyclist . Wake up and listen , show up tomorrow night and voice your opinion! It's easy to sit on rear and talk trash when as usual you don't know both sides of the issue . Again I do not plan on voting for this bill . Just needed to get both sides to the table. Your welcome."
In another Facebook conversation, Dunahoo wrote:
I do not plan on voting for this bill nor taxing anyone . We have been beaten up for over a year about rebel cyclist . Although I had a meeting with a small group from both sides it didn't get to far . However sometimes you have to play devils advocate to get people attention . There are a lot of people on the motorist side wanting something done . That is all I wanted to put the ball in their court . Never did and will not vote for a new tax unless we do away with state tax and install a flat tax .
Dunahoo and the other two sponsors of the bill, state Reps. Carl Rogers and Lee Hawkins, both Hall County Republicans, are hosting a public hearing on the bill tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hall County Government Building in Gainesville. People have the option of attending the meeting to voice their concerns and opinions about the legislation - or joining the protesters who plan to outside the venue.
Georgia Bikes agrees with Dunahoo that the bill will not make it far. The advocacy group posted on its blog: "We believe there is essentially no chance this bill will become the law and we have zero indication it will even come up for a vote in the House."
The deadline to register to vote in November's municipal elections is today at 5 p.m., dear friends and enemies.
Municipal elections are quickly getting heated as opponents are starting mount attacks, lob accusations, and try to smear reputations. And lo and behold, we now have our first attack website: lamarwillisshakedowns.com.
The website launched by Andre Dickens, who's gunning for Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis' Post 3 At-Large Council seat, aims to shine on the spotlight on the incumbent for various alleged "nefarious acts and shakedowns." The first installment focuses on the Council veteran's scholarship foundation.
"Willis set up the H. Lamar Willis Foundation, which was never granted tax exempt status by the IRS, even though Willis advertised it as tax exempt," the website says. "He used this charity for five years to solicit charitable funds from prohibited vendors with business before the Council and his transportation committee."
Willis tells CL he had not yet seen the website, but that he wanted to refrain from engaging in the same mud-slinging campaign tactics used by his opponent. Regarding his charity, he said the matter had been settled following the $25,000 fine he received in 2009 from a Fulton County judge for misrepresenting his scholarship foundation as a nonprofit organization.
The website features a photoshopped image of Willis grabbing a young child by his ankles while shaking fistfuls of loose change from his pockets. And it also promises to deliver more information about Willis' ethical woes until voters visit the polls in November.
"His long history of lies, shakedowns, shady deals and mismanagement will be posted here as we uncover more," the site says. "Lamar Willis can run for re-election, but he can't run from the truth."
Long, who lost his Gold Dome seat in 2012 as a casualty of the recent round of Republican-led redistricting, says he wants to focus on providing better city services to Atlantans.
"I just felt that with the citywide election, we can't afford the seat going to inexperience, we can't afford the seat not being a prized jewel of the City Council," the 37-year-old real estate broker told CL on Sunday. "The highest ethics need to employed."
If you've been following the race for the citywide seat, the "inexperience" remark is a reference to Andre Dickens, a Georgia Tech administrative staffer, neighborhood activist, and former business owner who's running for the Post 3 At-Large seat. (He also enjoys the support of former Mayor Shirley Franklin.) Attorney Shelitha Robertson, who's run for other positions in the past but never served in elected office, has also announced her intention to run for office. Her camp has been relatively quiet in recent months.
And the "ethics" comment is directed at, you guessed it, incumbent H. Lamar Willis. The councilman and attorney could be disbarred for failing to properly handle settlement payments related to a personal injury case he handled. Willis, who has not been charged with any crime, said the emotional pain of his divorce and duties as an elected official caused some "administrative things" to fall through the cracks. In addition, Willis ran afoul of ethics rules for failing to properly register a scholarship foundation he operated and which accepted contributions from current or potential city vendors.
Michelle Nunn, the nonprofit professional and daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, today announced plans to file paperwork to become a U.S. Senate candidate and run for the seat currently held by Saxby Chambliss, who's not seeking a third term.
In her email announcement, Nunn highlights her work as a founder of Hands on Atlanta, an organization aimed at connecting people with community service and volunteer opportunities. The nonprofit eventually merged with former President George H.W. Bush's Points of Light Foundation.
Her announcement also touches on her family, particularly her father, saying that:
I have a family heritage that has taught me that there is no higher calling than service. I am a ninth-generation Georgian, the granddaughter of a farmer and Mayor of Perry and of a grandmother who took me to church on Sundays and taught me that we live out our faith by serving others.
I am also the daughter of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and Colleen Nunn, who taught me the value of hard work. My father was an independent-minded statesman who accomplished an enormous amount by working with others to solve problems and keep our country safe. He's someone I continue to learn from every day.
But the Washington that my father worked in not so long ago is a place that just doesn't exist anymore. Instead of searching for common ground and working together to create solutions, too often our political leaders are simply trying to win the latest battle. Meanwhile, we are running up our national debt and failing to make tough choices to secure our economic future.
It seems that sound economic policy will be a key element in Nunn's platform. In addition to the expected Democratic faithfuls, she appears to be targeting the average Georgian who might want a fiscal conservative but prefer not to cast ballots for old white dudes who think Todd Akin was "partly right" on abortion and a cartoon character, among others. It's also worth noting that Nunn doesn't mention the Democratic Party in her initial fundraising email.
Nunn, who before announcement was considered a possible contender for the statewide seat, says she will spend August traveling throughout Georgia with her family to meet voters. She faces Dr. Branko "Dr. Rad" Radulovacki, an Atlanta physician, and Todd Robinson, an ROTC director from Columbus, in the Democratic primary.
At least one of her potential Republican challengers, former Georgia Secretary of State and Planned Parenthood's no. 1 fan Karen Handel, is already considering her worthy of attack. Rather than, you know, the other Republicans she'll actually have to face first in a primary.
@sabalong Not sure I can take 16 months of this
- James Williams (@griftdrift) July 23, 2013
The AJC's Jim Galloway sat down with Nunn yesterday for an exclusive interview. In it, she touches on her stance toward Medicaid expansion, gay marriage, and Trayvon Martin. It's worth checking out for more information about her platform.
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