Atlanta’s 59th Mayor, Kasim Reed, has been officially inaugurated into office but he began his day early this morning at an Interfaith Inaugural Prayer Service at Ben Hill United Methodist Church.
Reed grew up in the church along with his mother and three brothers and his voice broke as he spoke about growing up in his southside church home. The first time he spoke in public, he said, was in Ben Hill United Methodist Church. Four minutes away from the home where he was raised.
In his speech, Reed spoke of his desire to create a better Atlanta and how community involvement is key:
“If our children cannot rise to the highest levels of this city, what have we become? We’ve got to look in the mirror Atlanta. I am going to work today and focus on making sure that mothers and fathers have a job to make sure they can look their children in the eyes.”
Video of Reed’s Speech below: Continue Reading…
City of Atlanta Mayoral candidate Mary Norwood said she will officially seek a recount after losing the race to former Senator Kasim Reed by less than a 1% margin. According to the AJC, Mark Henderson with the Fulton County Elections Office confirmed that all but about 700 provisional ballots had been counted. The ballots can’t be tabulated until Thursday, which is the deadline for those voters to provide verification they were eligible.
According to the official tally, Reed led by 750 votes, so even if all of the provisional ballots go to Norwood, it still may not change the outcome but Mary’s not going down without a fight:
“I think a recount, when you’re this close is appropriate, absolutely appropriate,” Norwood said at a Wednesday morning press conference at her headquarters.
“We came within a razor thin margin of not being able to say we’re the front runner today.”
Under state law, a candidate who loses by less than 1 percent of the votes cast has the right to request a recount. Reed, however, has already claimed victory in the race and is going about the business of setting up plans for his first term as mayor.
Kasim Reed is on the verge of being the 59th mayor of the City of Atlanta. In all actuality, Reed won the most votes in the run-off election against candidate Mary Norwood in an agonizing close race but Norwood hasn’t conceded. As Atlanta anxiously awaits an official announcement, the margin ranges a mere 1 point in the victory. Continue Reading…
Monica, Devyne Stephens, Kasim Reed, Ryan Glover
Atlanta Mayoral candidate Kasim Reed has been officially endorsed by some of Atlanta’s music industry elite. Several notable A-town celebs joined Reed in a recent campaign rally to raise funds and to create voter awareness about the upcoming run-off. Fellow ATLien Fonzworth Bently served as host for the evening, and gave us his take on why Kasim should be the next mayor of Atlanta. Others who took part in the festivities included, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, Monica, Ryan Glover, Ne-Yo, Devyne Stephens and more.
Kasim Reed with host, Fonzworth Bentley
Ne-Yo in the finest Italian leather money can buy.
More photos from Kasim Reed’s celebrity filled campaign rally below: Continue Reading…