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Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens surges to landslide win in mayor’s runoff

Dickens easily defeats City Council President Felicia Moore for city’s top post

♦By Rich Shumate, ChickenFriedPolitics.com editor

GeorgiaATLANTA (CFP) – Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens has come from behind to to claim a landslide victory to be the next mayor of the Deep South’s commercial and financial capital.

Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens celebrates win with supporters (From Fox 5 Atlanta)

Dickens, 47, a non-profit executive who has served two terms in a citywide council seat, erased a nearly 18-point deficit in the first round of voting to defeat City Council President Felicia Moore by a margin of 62% to 38% in the November 30 runoff.

He will take the helm of the city amid increasing concerns about a rise in violent crime and a campaign by residents of the wealthy Buckhead enclave to secede and form their own city.

Speaking to his supporters at an outdoor victory party, Dickens said Atlantans “voted for progress and a problem solver.”

“The people who made this victory possible — they will change Atlanta’s future,” he said. “There is no limit to Atlanta, and that’s what we’ve got to look forward to.”

Dickens had come from the back of the pack in a crowded field during the first round of voting to win a place in the runoff behind Moore, edging out former Mayor Kasim Reed.

During the runoff campaign, he snagged key endorsements from a who’s who of local political leaders — including incumbent Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis – and went after Moore as too negative to get along with other leaders in the city.

Moore, 60, a real estate broker and community activist, was a fixture in city politics, having served on the City Council for more than two decades and as its president for the past four.

Crime was the number one issue in the campaign, with the city’s homicide rate up nearly 57% in the past two years.

Both candidates had proposed getting more police officers on to the streets, but Moore rapped Dickens for supporting a measure that would have withheld a portion of the police budget until reforms were made.

She accused Dickens of supporting defunding the police, which he said was not the intention of the proposal.

A drive by residents in the mostly white, upscale Buckhead area to secede from the city – which could be devastating to the city’s tax base — is likely to be a key headache for Dickens as he take the city’s reins.

Bottoms — who built a national profile as mayor that landed her on Joe Biden’s vice presidential short list in 2020 — shocked the city’s political circles in May when she announced she would not seek a second term.

Her immediate predecessor, Reed, tried to launch a comeback but finished third behind Moore and Dickens in the first round of voting.

The mayor of Atlanta is a non-partisan position, but both Dickens and Moore are Democrats.

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Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens surges to landslide win in mayor runoff

Dickson easily defeats City Council President Felicia Moore for city’s top post

♦By Rich Shumate, ChickenFriedPolitics.com editor

GeorgiaATLANTA (CFP) – Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens has come from behind to to claim a landslide victory to be the next mayor of the Deep South’s commercial and financial capital.

Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens celebrates win with supporters (From Fox 5 Atlanta)

Dickens, 47, a non-profit executive who has served two terms in a citywide council seat, erased a nearly 18-point deficit in the first round of voting to defeat City Council President Felicia Moore by a margin of 62% to 38% in the November 30 runoff.

He will take the helm of the city amid increasing concerns about a rise in violent crime and a campaign by residents of the wealthy Buckhead enclave to secede and form their own city.

Speaking to his supporters at an outdoor victory party, Dickens said Atlantans “voted for progress and a problem solver.”

“The people who made this victory possible — they will change Atlanta’s future,” he said. “There is no limit to Atlanta, and that’s what we’ve got to look forward to.”

Dickens had come from the back of the pack in a crowded field during the first round of voting to win a place in the runoff behind Moore, edging out former Mayor Kasim Reed.

During the runoff campaign, he snagged key endorsements from a who’s who of local political leaders — including incumbent Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis – and went after Moore as too negative to get along with other leaders in the city.

Moore, 60, a real estate broker and community activist, was a fixture in city politics, having served on the City Council for more than two decades and as its president for the past four.

Crime was the number one issue in the campaign, with the city’s homicide rate up nearly 57% in the past two years.

Both candidates had proposed getting more police officers on to the streets, but Moore rapped Dickens for supporting a measure that would have withheld a portion of the police budget until reforms were made.

She accused Dickens of supporting defunding the police, which he said was not the intention of the proposal.

A drive by residents in the mostly white, upscale Buckhead area to secede from the city – which could be devastating to the city’s tax base — is likely to be a key headache for Dickens as he take the city’s reins.

Bottoms — who built a national profile as mayor that landed her on Joe Biden’s vice presidential short list in 2020 — shocked the city’s political circles in May when she announced she would not seek a second term.

Her immediate predecessor, Reed, tried to launch a comeback but finished third behind Moore and Dickens in the first round of voting.

The mayor of Atlanta is a non-partisan position, but both Dickens and Moore are Democrats.

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South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison picked as new Democratic National Committee chair

President-elect Joe Biden also names Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Texas U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela as vice chairs

♦By Rich Shumate, ChickenFriedPolitics.com

WASHINGTON (CFP) — Two months after coming up short in a $130-million quest to flip a U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina, Jaime Harrison has been picked by President-elect Joe Biden to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Biden also named Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas as two of four vice chairs of the party, putting Southerners in three key positions atop a party that made some headway in 2020 after struggling for relevance in the region.

Jaime Harrison

In a statement, Biden said the new team leaders “represent the very best of the Democratic Party.”

“We need to elect Democrats across our country and up and down the ballot. To do that is going to take tireless leadership committed to strengthening Democratic infrastructure across our states,” he said. “I know they will get the job done.”

Reacting to his selection on Twitter, Harrison said he was “humbled and excited” by his selection.

“Together, we’ll organize everywhere, invest in state parties, expand the map, and elect Democrats who will be champions for the working people of this country,” he said.

While the selections of Harrison, Bottoms and Vela will still have to be ratified by the full national committee, Democrats have traditionally allowed incoming presidents to have full control of party leadership.

Harrison, 44, a former aide to House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, served as chair of the Palmetto State’s Democratic Party from 2013 to 2017, before making an unsuccessful run for national DNC chair.

Last year, he ran against Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, raising and spending more than $130 million on the race by building a nationwide fundraising network. But despite some polling showing the race to be close, Graham beat him by more than 10 points in November.

Biden’s selection of Harrison had been expected after Clyburn, a key backer of Biden during last year’s South Carolina primary, endorsed his candidacy.

Bottoms, in her first term as mayor, will lead the DNC’s efforts in civic engagement and voter protection. She had also been a Biden surrogate during the campaign and was given consideration as his vice presidential running mate.

Vela, who represents the Rio Grande Valley in Congress, was another early Biden backer. He had reportedly been considered for a post in the new Cabinet but was not selected.

Neither Bottoms or Vela will have to give up their elected post to serve as DNC vice chairs.

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