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Mayor's race 2017: 3 questions for Kwanza Hall

Part of a continuing series of Q&As with Atlanta's mayoral candidates.

11Alive is committed to bringing you the most extensive digital coverage of this fall's Atlanta mayor's race.

Here is another in our continuing series of Q&As with the candidates.

Kwanza Hall is a former Atlanta school board member and current member of the Atlanta City Council, representing district 2. Click here to go to his campaign website.

1. What would you do as mayor on Day One of your administration?

"My team will lay the groundwork in 2017 to begin implementing my platform immediately upon my taking office in 2018. I plan to announce the pro bono services of efficiency, financial and management experts who will start preparing to review all elements and functions of City government.

"At the same time, and to make sure that those experts keep in mind that City government is not just a business but the means to serve and protect its people, I will appoint a citizens’ task force involving neighborhood and community leaders, environmental activists, business leaders, faith leaders, park and greenspace advocates, and affordable housing experts to work closely with the professionals to conduct a detailed analysis of City government.

"Once their initial work is completed, the citizens’ task force will become ongoing advisors to my administration."

2. What are the three most important issues facing the city?

1. Public safety and crime
2. Affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization
3. Transit expansion and relief of Traffic congestion

3. One of this year’s biggest municipal issues has been the recent bribery scandal. As an incumbent Atlanta city councilman, do you feel your campaign has been tainted with any negativity?

"Through my personal and public life, I have established a solid record of integrity and honesty. As Mayor I will be continue to be open and transparent in all matters and, as part of that, I have committed to require posting of all City expenditures online."