The Committee for a Better Atlanta (CBA), a nonpartisan committee representing more than 20 of Atlanta’s influential businesses and civic organizations, released its Consumer Reports-style evaluations today of the candidates running for Mayor and City Council. The CBA Voter Guide rates candidates on business issues important to the community-at-large.
CBA is empowering constituents to make better voting decisions by providing clear evaluations of each candidate. CBA is an independent organization comprised of members from Atlanta-focused business organizations and large employers in the area engaged in city hall and industry issues. Notable committee members include the Atlanta Board of Realtors, the Georgia Beverage Association and Delta Airlines.
CBA members screened all candidates with a focus on issues including economic development, infrastructure, homelessness and public safety. Addressing these business and civic issues will help Atlanta maintain business and create a sustainable community.
“The role of business in the government is important to Atlanta and we want to make sure that is reflected in November’s elections,” said A.J. Robinson, chair of the 2013 CBA process. “The issues that impact businesses, impact residents and the CBA wants to ensure that the 2013 elections result in what is best for the city. We evaluate the candidates and their platforms with the goal of helping all voters make informed decisions when they step in the voting booth.”
CBA is pleased to report that 30 out of 40 candidates participated in our process. Each candidate in the race received a questionnaire to fill out based upon the issues identified. The candidates also participated in an in-person interview held at the Marriott Marquis. The candidates were scored on the interviews and that score was combined with questionnaire responses for a total score.
Committee members used a scale for scoring the responses to the questionnaires and the interviews, and an average was calculated for each candidate: 88 or higher is considered “excellent;” 79 to 87 is “well qualified;” 70 to 78 is “average;” and below 70 is “not qualified.”
CBA strives to make the evaluation process as fair as possible across all election categories and only takes into account responses provided to the questionnaire and in the interview process and prior voting records for incumbents. Interviewers were provided extensive training to ensure consistency in evaluating candidates. Finally, any outstanding ethics issues were not addressed by this process as the City of Atlanta Ethics Committee has its own process for addressing those issues.
The following are the scores for each candidate:
M. Kasim Reed - Mayor - 99 - Excellent
Al Bartell - Mayor - 75 - Average
Glenn Wrightson - Mayor - 43 - Not Qualified
Fraser Duke - Mayor - N/A - Did not participate
Ceasar Mitchell - Council President - 92 - Excellent
Rachele Fruit - Council President - N/A - Did not participate
Carla Smith - District 1 - 86 - Well Qualified
Robert Welsh - District 1 - 85 - Well Qualified
Bill Powell - District 1 - N/A - Did not participate
Kwanza Hall - District 2 - 83 - Well Qualified
Ivory Young - District 3 - 84 - Well Qualified
Darrion Fletcher - District 3 - 48 - Not Qualified
Crayton - District 3 - 53 - Not Qualified
Cleta Winslow - District 4 - 84 - Well Qualified
Torriel "Torry" Lewis - District 4 - 81 - Well Qualified
Williams - District 4 - N/A - Did not participate
Natalyn Archibong - District 5 - 91 - Excellent
Matt Rinker - District 5 - 85 - Well Qualified
Christian Enterkin - District 5 - 71 - Average
Jon Jones - District 5 - 71 - Average
John Paul Michalik - District 5 - N/A - Did not participate
Alex Wan - District 6 - 93 - Excellent
Tracey Austin - District 6 - 68 - Not Qualified
Mike Boyle - District 6 - N/A - Did not participate
Howard Shook - District 7 - 91 - Excellent
Bobby Montgomery - District 7 - 77 - Average
Abid Haque - District 7 - N/A - Did not participate
Yolanda Adrean - District 8 - 89 - Excellent
Felicia Moore - District 9 - 88 - Excellent
Duwon Robinson - District 9 - 54 - Not Qualified
Ricardo Mosby - District 9 - N/A - Did not participate
Clarence T. Martin - District 10 - N/A - Did not participate
Keisha Lance Bottoms - District 11 - 91 - Excellent
Ron Shakir - District 11 - N/A - Did not participate
Joyce Sheperd - District 12 - 89 - Excellent
Michael Julian Bond - Post 1 At-Large - 91 - Excellent
Aaron Watson - Post 2 At-Large - 95 - Excellent
Mary Norwood - Post 2 At-Large - 86 - Well Qualified
H. Lamar Willis - Post 3 At-Large - 92 - Excellent
Andre Dickens - Post 3 At-Large - 83 - Well Qualified
Additional information will be available on the Committee for a Better Atlanta website www.committeeforabetteratlanta.org. CBA encourages its members to distribute the guide to their employees.
CBA has evaluated candidates for elected offices since 1997. This year’s CBA members include:
Atlanta Apartment Association
Atlanta Board of Realtors
Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Atlanta Hotel Council
Atlanta Restaurant Council
Atlanta Licensed Beverage Council
Building Owners & Managers Association
Business Wise Incorporated Central Atlanta Progress
Council for Quality Growth
Delta Air Lines
Georgia Beverage Association
Georgia Power Co.
Greater Atlanta Home
Turner Broadcasting System
For more information, please visit www.committeeforabetteratlanta.org.