Emory Report
October 5, 2009
Volume 62, Number 6


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October 5, 2009
Emory hosts Atlanta mayoral forum Oct. 14

By Tanya Anderson and Denise Walker

As the contest for the next mayor of the City of Atlanta begins its final stretch toward the mayoral election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, major issues including crime and public safety, municipal services, financial/budget conditions, and race have received an increased level of scrutiny.

Emory will be an integral part of the dialogue surrounding the Atlanta mayoral race. On Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Center for Ethics, the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs at Emory, in conjunction with partners FOX 5 News and the League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County, will host a political forum for the mayor of the City of Atlanta. The public forum will start promptly at 7 p.m. at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church.

All of the qualified candidates have been invited to come to campus to discuss matters of interest not only to Emory but to all of the Atlanta region.
The following candidates have met the qualification requirements for the Office of Mayor:
Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders; former law enforcement officer Peter Brownlowe; head of Atlantans Together Against Crime Kyle Keyser; Councilwoman Mary Norwood; State Senator Kasim Reed; and attorney Jesse Spikes.

There will be an opportunity to meet the candidates after the forum at 7 p.m. at Glenn Memorial.

“Part of the role of the Center for Ethics is to be a safe space for public discussion of controversial issues, so it is appropriate for the Center to help host a discussion with the next mayor and the concerns that confront Atlanta – issues of poverty and homelessness, education and ethics, sustainability and the workforce environment,” says Center for Ethics Director Paul Root Wolpe. “We are thrilled to work with our internal partner, the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs, as well as the League of Women Voters to sponsor this important conversation.”