Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The attorney who was running in District 2 says it's not the right time for him to run for the seat that represents Poncey-Highland.
Todd Robinson is withdrawing his candidacy for the District 2 seat on the Atlanta City Council. Some of the neighborhoods in District 2 include Poncey Highlands, the Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park and Midtown. Redrawn district lines will go into effect in 2014. Robinson, a 32-year-old attorney who lives in Midtown, announced a few weeks ago that he was running. He said in a Tuesday email to Patch: I have informed my supporters that I am withdrawing my name from consideration in this year's Atlanta City Council election. After further consideration and discussions with my family, I have come to the realization that the timing of my effort is not quite right. I will continue to serve my community in many other ways and will re-evaluate …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Todd Robinson will seek the District 2 council seat, which represents Poncey-Highlands.
Another candidate has joined the race for the Atlanta City Council District 2 seat now held by Kwanza Hall. Todd Robinson, a 32-year-old attorney, announced he's running on his candidate website. Jon Jones also says he's running for the District 2 seat. Some of the neighborhoods in District 2 include Inman Park, Poncey-Highlands, the Old Fourth Ward and Midtown. Redrawn district lines will go into effect in 2014. Robinson lives in Midtown. His website says he grew up in Athens, attended the University of Georgia and worked as a child abuse investigator with the Georgia Department of Human Services. He attended Emory Law School and practices commercial and business litigation with the law firm Knight Johnson, LLC. He's been on the Midtown …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Jon Jones favors using technology to connect with voters in the district, which includes the Poncey-Highland neighborhood.
Jon Jones says on his website that he's running for the District 2 seat on the Atlanta City Council. Kwanza Hall now holds the seat, which represents which includes the Poncey-Highland and several other intown neighborhoods. Jones' website says he favors "Direct democracy," which he defines as "a form of government in which people vote on policy initiatives directly, as opposed to a representative democracy in which people vote for representatives who then vote on policy initiatives." This involvement would occur through "user-friendly technology, electronic voting will allow every member of District 2 to vote on legislation, author new legislation, or make pleas to the city." Jon Jones' website says he's a graduate of Rutgers …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Muhammad, whose district includes the Poncey-Highland neighborhood, said she wants to serve just one more term on the school board.
Brenda J. Muhammad, District 1 representative on the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education, is seeking re-election for the seat. But the Woodland Hills resident, first elected to the board in 1997, said if she retains the seat, that that will be her final term on the school board. District 1 includes the Poncey-Highland neighborhood. Muhammad, who is program director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Crime Commission's Victim-Witness Assistance Program and founder of Mothers of Murdered Sons MOMS Inc. goes up against Leslie Grant of Grant Park, who has already announced her candidacy. Muhammad sat down with East Atlanta Patch recently to discuss the issues and her priorities for the upcoming term. These are excerpts from that interview: Q. …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Would John Lewis, who represents the heart of Atlanta, be a good candidate? What about Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, whose name is sometimes mentioned as a possible candidate for higher office?
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced on Friday that he is not seeking re-election in 2014. “This is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress, especially on issues that are the foundation of our nation’s economic health," Chambliss said in a statement. "The debt-ceiling debacle of 2011 and the recent fiscal-cliff vote showed Congress at its worst and, sadly, I don’t see the legislative gridlock and partisan posturing improving anytime soon. "For our nation to be strong, for our country to prosper, we cannot continue to play politics with the American economy. Chambliss said he was confident he would have won re-election had he decided to seek another term. …
Chef Paul Luna of Loca Luna fame is blunt about his message: "I'm Running for Mayor and Kasim Reed Can't Compete."
Chef Luna is not one to mince words or beat around the subject. He has been an outspoken restaurateur and citizen in the City of Atlanta for years now, and recently decided to make the announcement loud and clear that he is running to be Atlanta's next mayor. Creative Loafing described his background like this: The Dominican-born Luna, who was once likened to a Navi tribesman from the movie Avatar by Atlanta magazine's Christiane Lauterbach, has been ruffling feathers here since he first came on the scene in the early '90s to open the upscale Italian restaurant Bice. In 1993, he opened Luna Si, followed by his iconic tapas restaurants Eclipse di Luna in '97 and Loca Luna in '99. Recently there have been a few provocative articles written…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Leslie Grant, member of the Jackson High Local School Council and Southeast Atlanta schools advocate, is running for the district, which includes Poncey-Highland.
Leslie Grant, mother of two and member of the local school council at Jackson High School, is running for the Atlanta Public Schools Board District 1 seat. The new district boundaries include the Poncey-Highland area. The seat is currently held by Brenda J. Muhammad. Grant, who filed papers to run on Tuesday, said she believes it's time for "transformational leadership" on the board. That became apparent, she said, following the redrawing of school attendance zones last year, which resulted in the closure of seven schools. "Redistricting changed a lot," she told Patch. It changed the way people perceived what was going on. And it just seemed to bring a lot of people out and made them energized about being interested in fixing their …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
See how Virginia-Highland and Druid Hills precincts voted in the presidential race, compared to other Fulton and DeKalb communities.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
President Barack Obama won Fulton County by nearly 115,000 votes Tuesday and he won DeKalb by a little more than 173,000 votes. Both margins were somewhat smaller than his margin of victory over John McCain in 2008. See how your precinct voted.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The constitutional amendment grants the state authority to approve charter schools, whether local school boards want them or not.
Georgia voters gave the state more authority over charter schools on Tuesday, passing a constitutional amendment empowering a commission to overrule local school districts that reject charter school petitions. With all counties fully reporting, the hotly contested amendment had support of 58.5 percent of voters. See selected county results below. It was an emotionally charged issue that in some ways united Georgians across political and demographic lines. A Peach Pundit poll from late October had found "no significant difference [in support] based on whether a voter is a Republican or a Democrat, a male or a female, or based on race." Camille Cottrell, an Emory University instructor and card-carrying Democrat, is an example of the …