Let’s get ready for local election 2021… The candidates have begun to announce their intentions and platforms for which they will campaign/ interview for the positions and “We The People” will need to begin the INTERVIEW process and begin our due diligence. We must research and refresh our memories of the service that the incumbents have performed in their positions that truly benefit the people. As well we must do the same for the newcomers on the scene. Here is a quick and fact based read from Saporta report, Municipal races key to mapping growth in your city, by Tammy Joyner, https://saportareport.com/after-a-contentious-year-of-elections-look-to-local-races-in-2021/atlanta-civic-circle/tammy/.
Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms Photo courtesy of NBC News
Atlanta City Council President, Felicia Moore Photo courtesy of Vote Local
Artist and activist Alex Barella, Photo courtesy of CBS46.com
The candidates thus far are Mayor, Keisha Lance- Bottoms (the Incumbent) for a second term, city council president, Felicia Moore and Alex Barella, artist and activist (the candidates) for Mayor of Atlanta. Last mayoral election there were twenty candidates by the qualifying time period where candidates have to prove they have the constituency (that’s another word for us), we are our candidates Constituents, supporters, electors, future BOSSES… Anyone can run for mayor the qualifications are simple. But we want to hire- elect leaders, so we must be more discerning in our choices. We should not allow a candidate to even think about getting a vote from us unless they have served on their neighborhood association, participated in their community organizations, lead on their NPU, helped clean our streets with us, attended our school board meetings and hopefully served on their board and, or, too and stood up and out as a leader long before they announce a run for anything. Also that candidate would have built their constituency during her time of service and would already know that he was tracking to be our representative, that is how this should work. We have the training book for them, and we/ BOSSES never monitor nor mentor them through training, so we MUST become better at our jobs and let’s be clear managing our elected -hires is, Our Job… as Americans. So while the candidate’s interview, campaign, flood our yards and streets with abundant amounts of signage (which said candidates should be mandated to pick up a day or two after the election) and ask for our vote over the next nine months, I urge you to find out who these people truly are and vote the best person for the job.
I am excited to hear the plans and ideas that a strong leader has for Atlanta as always, the cream will rise to the top. As you know campaigns can be very contentious, eye opening and true. I never knew that my community partner, in my head Tip Harris@TI, had a serious problem with a piece of legislature that truly took a shot at Atlanta’s culture. Here’s a good read just in case you didn’t know, Rollingout article, TI slams candidate Moore by Michael Harris. Use perspective while researching and decision making. Just for the record that would have been a NO for me as well, candidate Moore and not a good fight in the A, all you had to do was watch John Lewis dance to Outkast to know that was not the move. That was the sound I listened to as drove across country relocating from California to Atlanta, I guess you can say that Southernplayerlistic, sound drove me here and within months I was saying “I appreciate you” instead of goodbye.