Mayor Kasim Reed and others establish a committee to impact Atlanta municipal election [Updated]


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.

Jeff Dickerson, spokesman for Continue Atlanta’s Progress, said the group is only backing candidates that received unanimous approval from the committee. 

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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One Response to Mayor Kasim Reed and others establish a committee to impact Atlanta municipal election [Updated]

  1. Andrea Knight says:

    According to the disclosure, this independent committee had its first activity on October 13. The other contributors are Wassim Hojeij and Julius Hollis (or their companies).

    Hojeij and related people and entities contributed $5,500 to Lamar Willis’s campaign mid-August. Hojeij was one of many donors on Willis’s 9/30 disclosure with businesses related to Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Julius Hollis hadn’t donated to Willis’s campaign, but gave $500 to Simama in May. I would hazard a guess that these two candidates are no longer polling in the plausible range.

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