ATLANTA – The election for Atlanta’s mayor will not happen for another year, but candidates are already raising money and taking positions on issues.
Kasim Reed cannot run for a third term as mayor, so a sizeable number of folks have begun to emerge to take his place. One of the front runners is a name you likely will not recognize.
Peter Aman has never run for political office before, but he thinks he can win the Atlanta mayor’s race.
“I’ve spent 25 years in the private sector,” he said. “You cannot run government like you run business. They are two different things.”
In an era when outsider candidates like Donald Trump and Sen. David Perdue have succeeded in Georgia, Aman, a Democrat, is getting serious treatment from political donors. They put more than $286116 in his campaign treasury earlier this year – more than any other candidate – but one.
“How I raised the money was quite simple,” Aman said. “By calling a lot of people who have been asking me to run.”
Atlanta City Council President Cesar Mitchell is the candidate who out-fundraised Amon. Mitchell raised $567,947 earlier this year – yet he says he is still in the listening phase of his campaign.
“Commentating and handicapping it, I think it’s way too early,” Mitchell said.
The mayor’s race is likely to be a tough one for voters to sort out.
Aside from Amon and Mitchell, city council members Keisha Lance Bottoms and Kwanza Hall are likely to announce they are running soon. State Sen. Vincent Fort is another likely candidate. Former city council president Cathy Wollard and state Rep. Margaret Kaiser have already announced their candidacies.
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