Under the headline Reed and business leaders form independent committee; announce candidate support, the AJC reported that,
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and members of the city’s business community have formed a new independent committee to help shape the outcome of this fall’s municipal elections. Reed is the largest backer of the group, Continue Atlanta’s Progress, giving $75,000 to the entity created in mid-October. So far, the committee has raised $90,000, according to records filed late Tuesday night with the state ethics commission.
The AJC also reported,
…committee chair Robert Highsmith said the group will use its funds for the Atlanta school board race and city council elections, and released a list of candidates Reed will support through the entity.
For school board, Reed is backing Reuben McDaniel, Steve Lee, Brenda Muhammad, Jason Estevez, Eshe Collins, Courtney English, Matt Westmoreland and Byron Amos…
[Updated] The Committed did not back either Meister or Bowman in District 4.
Based on prior campaign disclosure reports, Reed mayoral campaign committee has already contributed to Brenda Muhammad (D-1), Courtney English (AL-7) and Nisha Simama (AL-7). I noted previously that it was interesting that Reed had contributed to both candidates in the At Large 7 race.
I also find it interesting that Continue Atlanta’s Progress endorsed English and left Simama off the list.
[Update] Simama said her other endorsements show she has citywide support, even without CAP’s backing. Simama has been endorsed by the Atlanta Federation of Teachers, the Buckhead Coalition’s political committee and others. [link is behind AJC pay wall]
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