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2013 is an Election Year in the City of Atlanta

Atlanta City Council returns from winter recess next week with new 2013 committee assignments.

It’s a new year and an election year to boot in Georgia’s capital as the City of Atlanta General Election will be held on November 5, 2013 and any required General Run-off Election will be held on December 4, 2013.

This past November, Mayor Kasim Reed announced he would run for re-election in 2013 and would not be seeking a higher office in Washington D.C.

Most councilmembers are expected to run in 2013. In a previous version of this article it was reported that District 1 City Councilwoman Carla Smith would not seek re-election, but that is not correct. Patch regrets the error and has made the appropriate edit.

Last July, State Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta) lost to fellow incumbent Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) in the race for the Georgia House District 58 seat that includes portions of Midtown. Now it appears Long is preparing himself for a run for a city council seat as Atlanta Progressive News reports here.

But there’s much to be done before the election rolls around in more than 10 months. The next full Atlanta City Council meeting following the winter recess will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2013 in the Council Chamber, Atlanta City Hall, (Second Floor) 55 Trinity Avenue. The Committee on Council will meet at 11:15 a.m. on January 7 in Committee Room No. 2.

When the council convenes next week, there will be seven standing committees: Finance/Executive, Public Safety & Legal Administration, City Utilities, Committee on Council, Zoning, Transportation and the Community Development and Human Resources Committee. All committees are comprised of members of the Atlanta City Council.

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell announced last month the committee assignments for the coming legislative year.

“I am extremely proud of the Council’s work over the past year” said Mitchell in a news release. “We have tackled some important issues and have moved the City forward. I look forward to even greater accomplishments in 2013.”

2013 Atlanta City Council Committee Assignments

City Utilities Committee

Howard Shook, Chair

C.T. Martin

Yolanda Adrean

Carla Smith

Aaron Watson

Alex Wan

Natalyn Mosby Archibong

Meeting: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.

Community Development/Human Resources Committee

Joyce Sheperd, Chair

H. Lamar Willis

Kwanza Hall

Howard Shook

Cleta Winslow

Ivory Lee Young, Jr.

Meeting: Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.

Public Safety Committee

Michael Julian Bond, Chair

Ivory Lee Young, Jr.

H. Lamar Willis

Keisha Lance Bottoms

Kwanza Hall

C.T. Martin

Cleta Winslow

Meeting: Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.

Transportation Committee

C.T. Martin, Chair

Keisha Lance Bottoms

Aaron Watson

Felicia A. Moore

Carla Smith

H. Lamar Willis

Michael Julian Bond

Meeting: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Zoning Committee

Keisha Lance Bottoms, Chair

Alex Wan

Carla Smith

Joyce Sheperd

Howard Shook

Ivory Lee Young, Jr.

Meeting: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.

Finance/Executive Committee

Felicia A. Moore, Chair

Yolanda Adrean

Howard Shook

Aaron Watson

C.T. Martin

Alex Wan

Natalyn Mosby Archibong

Meeting: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.

Committee on Council

Yolanda Adrean, Chair

Joyce Sheperd

Natalyn Mosby Archibong

Felicia A. Moore

Cleta Winslow

Michael Julian Bond

Kwanza Hall

Meeting: Monday, 11:15 a.m.

Committee Chairs

Ceasar C. Mitchell, Council President

Felicia A. Moore

Howard Shook

Joyce Sheperd

Michael Jlian Bond

C.T. Martin

Keisha Lance Bottoms

Yolanda Adrean

Meeting: Monday, 9:30 a.m.

Carla Smith January 03, 2013 at 05:06 PM
The information above re me not seeking re-election is erroneous. I have every intention of running again this year (2013). Carla Smith
Hunt Archbold January 03, 2013 at 09:58 PM
In a previous version of this article it was reported that District 1 City Councilwoman Carla Smith would not seek re-election in 2013, but that is not correct. Patch regrets the error and has made the appropriate edit.
Carla Smith January 03, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Hunt, Thanks for the correction! Carla
Bob Crossett January 04, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Please get out the vote this year, and remember the dramatic rise in violent crime in and around Midtown, Va-hi, and other areas. Also, please remember the 52% pay raise the council gave themselves in this economy, as well as the criminal Park Atlanta fiasco. Also please check each councilperson's attendance record at the meetings. These people think they are untouchable and answerable to us. Let's prove them wrong. Get out the vote in 2013!
Barbara Baggerman June 02, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Yes, and remember how they allowed Mayor Reed to coerce them into taking a down-and-dirty vote on the stadium deal without going through the standard procedures of debate, research, and public input. Remember how they voted to spend our tax dollars on an unnecessary new football stadium with state-of-the-art skyboxes for rich guys, despite massive public opinion against it. Remember that, instead of representing their constituency as they were elected to do, in reality they just do the bidding of the rich and powerful, to make them even more rich and powerful at the expense of the people. The hotel-motel tax could have gone toward other things that promote tourism and investment in the city, such as transportation, fixing crumbling infrastructure, and more police to fight crime, but Mayor Kasim Reed and most of the City Council (except Howard Shook, Kwanza Hall, Alex Wan, and Felicia Moore) deemed football a more important use of our tax revenue. Remember all this, and BE SURE TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER. Vote OUT Mayor Reed and all City Council members who voted for that crooked stadium deal.

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