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WSB-TV poll: Peter Aman makes himself a contender in Atlanta mayor’s race

7:29 pm Aug. 29, 2017

A new poll in the race for mayor of Atlanta suggests that businessman Peter Aman, a businessman who has served in the City Hall administrations of both Shirley Franklin and Kasim Reed, has parlayed himself into contention.

The Landmarks Communications survey, commissioned by Channel 2 Action News, places the top candidates as follows:

— Councilwoman Mary Norwood, 25.4 percent;

— Councilwoman Keisha Lance-Bottoms, 12.4 percent;

— Aman, 12.1

Skirting a racial divide over annexation in Atlanta

7:05 pm Aug. 2, 2017

Throughout the modern history of Atlanta, the topic of annexation has been a delicate one, treated something like a sweaty bottle of nitroglycerin.

Suggest the expansion of the city’s puny boundaries, and race becomes the immediate, volatile subtext. We’re about to find out whether we’ve outgrown the reflex.

The trap has a biracial legacy.

Back in the 1940s, Mayor William B. Hartsfield publicly characterized annexation as an exercise in efficiency and good citizenship.