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Mary Norwood and Atlanta’s LGBT vote: It’s not 2009

12:18 pm Sep. 9, 2017

The political world has no reason to doubt the several polls that show Mary Norwood to be the strongest candidate in the large scrum running to become mayor of Atlanta.

But what they don’t show is that the councilwoman is probably in an inherently weaker position than she was eight years ago, when she lost a December runoff to a former state senator named Kasim Reed by a mere 700 votes….

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.

Mary Norwood picks up an early endorsement from Atlanta police union

2:28 pm May. 9, 2017

Dominos are falling early in this year’s race for mayor of Atlanta. IBPO Local 623, the union for Atlanta police officers, on Tuesday endorsed Mary Norwood in the contest – something that didn’t happen eight years ago. From an emailed statement by the at-large city councilwoman:

“We want our officers to live, work and play in the communities  they serve and we can do that with an attractive plan for our