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1 big thing: 💡 Vision test for Atlanta's next mayor

A side-by-side photo of Andre Dickens speaking into a microphone and Felicia Moore smiling
Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

For the past two newsletters, we’ve asked mayoral candidates Andre Dickens and Felicia Moore how they’d prevent Buckhead cityhood and increase affordable housing.

Today we ask the final question. We ask where Atlanta is in its history right now and what kind of mayor the city needs.

Why it matters: A mayor’s ability to discuss their big-picture vision gives voters a sense of where that person wants to guide the city.

Andre Dickens: The council member compared Atlanta at this stage in its life to a young adult: It’s learned to walk and work well with others and come into its own. Now it’s time for Atlanta to decide who it wants to be, he told Axios.

  • “We can stand up and compete,” Dickens says. “Are we going to apply ourselves in a way that is forward-moving? Are we going to explode exceptionally with all these skills that we have, or are we going to take the easy road and say, 'Hey, we’re adults, we’re capable and we’ll keep it as it is?'”
  • “I believe we have the ability right now to soar, really blossom, and be an adult,” Dickens says. “Saying something is broken and [you're] fixing it is less than half the [job] of a mayor. Mayors are supposed to do that and move the city forward... We have so much upward potential. The mayor of Atlanta starting in 2022 needs to be a visionary who gets things done.”

Felicia Moore: Atlanta’s council president says the city is at a turning point and needs a mayor who is experienced and can start working once sworn into office.

  • Moore tells Axios that she will be a mayor who shows up and communicates and will be responsive to constituents' needs.
  • What sets her apart from her opponent, Moore says, is her experience working as a community advocate. Before she was elected to the City Council and later as its president, Moore notes, she honed her leadership skills as president of her neighborhood association and chair of NPU D.
  • “This city needs a servant leader who is knowledgeable and wants to get things done on day one,” she says.

2 things we're watching today 👀

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

1. A final vote from the Georgia House on the state's proposed congressional districts could happen today.

  • Yes, it's not even been a week since we first saw the proposed maps, but the state Senate passed them on Friday, and a House committee approved them Saturday, all along party lines.
  • The biggest change would be redrawing Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath's 6th District to favor Republicans by 15 percentage points, according to the AJC. That could give Republicans a 9-5 majority of Georgia's seats.
  • Worthy of your time: FiveThirtyEight takes a deep dive into redistricting updates.

2. Closing arguments in the trial of the men accused of Ahmaud Arbery's murder

  • After two weeks of testimony, the defense rested its case on Thursday. Attorneys will make their final cases today before a jury of 11 white people and 1 Black person.
  • Glynn County, as we've reported, is preparing for any response to a verdict.
  • Worthy of your time: The Washington Post article compared the Rittenhouse trial to this one, and took a look at the effects that Wisconsin verdict could have in Georgia.

3. 🍂 Would you be-leaf these photos?

People walking on a pave path in autumn as the leaves turn yellow and orange
Chastain Memorial Park. Photo courtesy of Carson Matthews

We asked for your autumn photos, and y'all delivered.

The leaves wait for no one, so go enjoy them before the trees are bare until spring.

See more reader photos of Atlanta in autumn.

4. Five-ish Points: Atlanta United comes up short

Illustration of a neon sign on a metal tower reading 5ish Points.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

💉 The Metro Chamber has steered clear of taking a stance on the federal vaccine mandate that would cover many businesses. (AJC)

⚽️ New York City FC defeated Atlanta United last night, ending the Five Stripes hopes for this season's MLS Cup. (AJC)

💨 Police are searching for the man who fled the Atlanta airport after a gun in his bag discharged at the screening area. (WSB)

🏚 Two Atlanta sites land on historic preservation group’s annual Places in Peril list. (WABE)

🤔 Why does the city of Austell have two different police chiefs? (Fox 5)

🎥 Developers are pitching a “LEED Gold-certified film and TV studio campus” near MARTA’s Indian Creek station. (Urbanize)

Kristal loves her new car, but wishes the sound system were a bit better.

Emma is wondering what she's going to do with the 20 pounds of deer meat her husband acquired from a friend. Recipes welcome.

Thomas is recovering from a weekend hike on Blood Mountain (followed by too much Mexican food in Dahlonega).