Nov 16, 2021 - Politics

Who's who in the Atlanta municipal runoffs

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The Atlanta Press Club is airing runoff debates today in the three city races left undecided. Early voting starts tomorrow in Fulton and DeKalb counties. Election Day is Nov. 30.

Here’s a quick guide to the faces you’ll see on TV and the names on your ballot.

City Council Post 3 At-Large (left vacant by mayoral candidate Andre Dickens)

Jacki Labat:

  • Small-business owner and business management consultant
  • Former chief of staff to Coretta Scott King at the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change
  • Married to Fulton County Sheriff and former Atlanta Department of Corrections Chief Patrick Labat. Jacki Labat managed his 2020 sheriff campaign.

Keisha Waites:

  • Former Georgia State Representative for District 60, former candidate in races for Congress and Fulton County Commission chair
  • Veteran of FEMA, worked in disaster assistance coordination including in New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake
  • Former employee of the Small Business Administration, facilitating disaster assistance loans.

City Council President (left vacant by mayoral candidate Felicia Moore)

Natalyn Archibong:

  • 20-year member of the Atlanta City Council representing District 5 who highlights new affordable-housing initiatives and funding for 20 acres of green space as top accomplishments
  • Founded the East Atlanta Business Association, overseeing the growth of East Atlanta Village
  • Former education evaluator with the state Department of Education, former director of the DeKalb Initiative for Children and Families, currently an attorney in private practice

Doug Shipman:

  • Founding CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, led the design and construction of the center
  • Former CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, focused on securing its finances and diversifying its offerings.
  • Atlanta speaker and consultant, board member of many Atlanta nonprofits, including the Carter Center

Atlanta Mayor (Fun fact: Both candidates live in the same Historic Collier Heights neighborhood.)

Andre Dickens:

  • Elected to the City Council in 2013, accomplishments include creating the city’s Department of Transportation
  • Works as chief development officer for a nonprofit focused on bringing affordable technology to other nonprofits
  • Former employee of Georgia Tech’s Office of Institute Diversity, former sales engineer, former co-founder of local home furnishing company

Felicia Moore:

  • Elected to the City Council in 1997, elected City Council President in 2017, started out as president of her local Neighborhood Planning Unit
  • Legislative accomplishments include creation of the city’s first inspector general and Independent Compliance Office
  • Licensed real estate broker

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