ATLANTA – The president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP speaks about a candidate for the mayoral race in Atlanta, which he says the organization generally refrains from doing.
Richard Rose said in a letter that in short, the mission of the NAACP is “to tackle all issues that hinder progress towards the fair and equitable advancement of people of color.”
It is for this reason, Rose says he is breaking protocol to share details of former mayor Kasim Reed’s past tenures as mayor ahead of the Nov. 2 election.
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“Atlanta can and must do better than electing Kasim Reed again,” reads Rose’s letter.
His letter highlights seven points of Reed’s time as mayor that he believes should give voters a break before voting for Reed, including issues of affordable housing, corruption and ignorance of Confederate landmarks.
The letter also states that Reed blocked Mercedes-Benz Stadium from paying property taxes, which Rose said could get $ 12 million to go to Atlanta schools.
He also points out that Reed is not embracing former President Barack Obama’s 21st Century Policing Plan, as well as the endorsement of the IPBO Police Union.
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“Thirteen other candidates are in the running, some with proven leadership skills and political experience and none with a history of administrative corruption,” the letter continued.
Other candidates in the Nov. 2 ballot include City Council President Felicia Moore, Councilors Antonio Brown and Andre Dickens, and lawyer Sharon Gay.
“Let us choose wisely,” said Rose’s letter.
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