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Old 08-11-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Originally from Cali relocated to Inman Park/Old 4th Ward/Westside Atlanta
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Borders' decision leaves Atlanta mayor race 'wide open'. This should a very interesting race indeed...

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/08/11/borders_atlanta_mayor.html (broken link)

By ERIC STIRGUS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 08/11/08

Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders stunned political observers and community leaders by announcing Monday she is ending her quest to become the city's next mayor.

Borders was considered the front-runner in the race to succeed Shirley Franklin, a two-term incumbent prohibited from running for another four-year term in 2009. Borders had more campaign money than any candidate and strong connections to the city's business, faith-based and African-American communities.

"I'm about as surprised as anyone," said Harvey Newman, Georgia State University's chairman of the department of Public Administration and Urban Studies. "The race is about as wide open as I've seen."

Borders, 50, said she needed to devote more time caring for ailing parents. Her father, William Holmes Borders Jr., is a diabetic with full kidney failure. She declined to discuss the health of her mother, Gloria. Both parents are 75.

"In the final analysis, you've got to be completely focused on becoming mayor," Borders said in an interview Monday. "I clearly have some personal things I need to take care of. I can run for mayor at another opportunity, but I only have one set of parents."

Many considered Borders a formidable candidate. She had about $232,000 in her campaign account at the end of June, city records show. She was an executive at Cousins Properties, one of the region's most prominent development firms. Her grandfather, William Holmes Borders Sr., was the famous Wheat Street Baptist Church pastor who helped desegregate Atlanta's police force and transit system and built low-cost housing for the poor. Borders' departure from the race leaves three elected officials in the running: city council members Ceasar Mitchell and Mary Norwood and state Sen. Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta), who managed both of Franklin's campaigns.

Newman said the two council members may face questions from voters asking why they didn't do more to help Atlanta avert budget troubles this year that forced cuts to several services and cost about 500 city employees their jobs through layoffs. Reed's main challenge will be introducing himself to residents, Newman said. Atlanta's population has grown by more than 100,000 residents since 2000, U.S. Census figures show.

Atlanta's next mayor must be someone who can deal with issues such as the economy, rising mortgage foreclosures and homelessness, said the Rev. Richard Cobble, a leader of Concerned Black Clergy, one of the city's most influential organizations. The group had talked Monday, before Borders' announcement, about devoting more energy to the mayor's race.

"We're going to be very vigilant," Cobble said. "We're going to see who [candidates are] in bed with and who they're taking money from."

Borders said she has not decided whether she'll run again for council president. She pledged Monday to focus on finance and public safety issues during the remainder of her term, which ends in 2009.

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Old 08-11-2008, 04:48 PM
 
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TWO WORDS

CLARK HOWARD




WHAT ABOUT THIS GUY DOESN'T SCREAM ATLANTA MAYOR!?? EERRRRR, OK, OTHER THAN THAT, HE'S IN!!!!
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:09 PM
 
Location: North Atlanta
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That picture by itself could derail a campaign.
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:50 PM
 
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+1 for Clark Howard.

Shirley can't be gone soon enough!
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:18 PM
 
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My vote, if I lived ITP, would be Clark, but.....

There's no way ClarK Howard he's not just 'White' he's way too 'White'.

Anyone on here that truly wants 'diversity', this and that, etc. just wait, if Clark runs and loses, it will be to a Black person and there will be no explanation other than the other guy is Black. That's it, no other reason.

Then we'll talk racism....
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:26 AM
 
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Given the recent budget fiasco, I think that picture might actually help.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:37 AM
 
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Clark Howard? Why not, I think it'll be cool/okay for him to run Atlanta, he should do a lot with whatever budget he has to work with. I'm Black and I don't agree with just voting in somebody because of what race they are. Alright, this may sound contradictory but if we're voting based on rase then lets vote some super biracial guy/women (assuming he's qualified and uncorrupt) that way everyone can be happy.
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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There's no way ClarK Howard he's not just 'White' he's way too 'White'.
You must mean in his complexion and mannerisms I'm thinking. Remember Clark Howard is not a WASP. You may be surprised by who wouldn't want Clark Howard as Mayor, and it may have more to do with things other then his skin color.
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Atlanta,Ga
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Originally Posted by gt6974a View Post
My vote, if I lived ITP, would be Clark, but.....

There's no way ClarK Howard he's not just 'White' he's way too 'White'.

Anyone on here that truly wants 'diversity', this and that, etc. just wait, if Clark runs and loses, it will be to a Black person and there will be no explanation other than the other guy is Black. That's it, no other reason.

Then we'll talk racism....
I take it you live in a Majority white city with a non-white mayor? Shall I assume that the majority Caucasian cities in the Atlanta burbs have Non-Caucasian mayors? I personally do not vote based on race, however many people vote for candidates they feel they can relate to. Race and experiences are all factors here.
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:29 AM
 
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Yeah, he's Jewish, right? Because WASP means White Angle Saxon Protestant. Someone called me that once and I said...I'm Irish-Italian Catholic...how can I be a WASP? IIC is like another white race altogether... Just kidding.

I think he looks like Michael Phelps will in 25 years.

Isnt' he a really tall man, too? And not really all that skinny? I remember seeing a picture of him and he seemed to be very large, all around. Nto fat, just big. I remember thinking, "Well, he may SOUND and ACT nerdy but he looks like he's 6'6" and 250lbs....guess he wasn't all that picked on in school."

I have no idea if I'd vote for him. I don't know anything about how he'd run a city.
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