Qualifying ended Friday and all of the Atlanta and Sandy Springs incumbents running for re-election in the Nov. 5 nonpartisan election have paid their qualifying fees, according to representatives of each city.
In Atlanta, candidates are qualifying for both the city council and board of education elections. In Sandy Springs, only the city council election will take place.
Friday, former Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who ran for mayor in 2009 and lost to Kasim Reed by about 700 votes in a runoff, qualified for her old Post 2 at-large council seat, where she will take on incumbent Aaron Watson, who qualified Monday.
In an email to the media and her contacts Friday afternoon, she said, "My priorities are well known, but at the top of my list is safety. Nothing is more important than keeping you, your family, your community, and your schools safe. Public safety. Fiscal responsibility. Transparency in city government. Traffic. Greenspace. These are the issues I'm fighting for."
In a phone interview Friday afternoon, Norwood said she resigned from the Fulton County Elections Board, an appointed position, Friday morning.
“One cannot run for another office and sit on a board at the same time. It’s against state law,” she said.
Norwood said she is running for her old seat, where she served two terms through 2009, because she relishes in serving Atlanta’s residents.
“It’s work I really enjoy,” she said. “It’s important work and I very much for eight years of serving the citizens enjoyed serving the entire city, working for the entire city. … I had been asked for many years to run for city council president. I prefer to run for my [former] seat because I enjoyed the work I did. I felt it was important. I appreciated the support of the citizens for both my city council campaigns and my mayoral campaigns. I have missed having a public role. I look forward to serving the citizens again if I get elected. The work is what’s important to me.”
Norwood joined a slew of other Atlanta candidates who qualified Friday, according to the city's elections website. Al Bartell, Fraser Duke and Glen S. Wrightson each qualified to run for mayor. Council candidates Mike Boyle and Tracy Austin (District 6), Abid Haque (District 7) and Ricardo Mosby (District 9) each qualified for seats representing part of Buckhead.
In the school board races, incumbent Reuben McDaniel qualified for at-large Seat 8. Sean Norman and Eddie Lee Brewster each qualified for at-large Seat 9, where incumbent Emmett Johnson is not running for re-election.
Four candidates qualified Thursday, according to the city’s elections website. On the council, incumbent President Ceasar C. Mitchell and District 7 candidate Bobby Montgomery qualified. In the school board races, Mark B. Riley (Seat 8 at-large) and Ed Johnson (Seat 9 at-large) also qualified.
According to the Atlanta elections website, only two candidates qualified Wednesday: Thomas G. Tidwell and Cynthia Briscoe Brown, who are both running for the at-large Seat 8 on the school board.
Four more candidates qualified Tuesday, Pinky Rutledge of the Atlanta municipal clerk’s office said Wednesday morning. John Benson qualified as a mayoral write-in candidate. Also qualifying were Rachele Fruit (for council president), incumbent Councilman Alex Wan (District 6) and Taryn Chilivis Bowman (for District 4 school board).
Tuesday morning, Theresa Payne of the Atlanta municipal clerk’s office said 12 candidates and incumbents qualified Monday. Mayor Kasim Reed qualified, as did council incumbents Howard Shook (District 7), Yolanda Adrean (District 8) and Felicia Moore (District 9), who each represent part of Buckhead. Only one challenger to those seats, Duwon Mooley Robinson, who will face Moore, has qualified so far. At-large Post 1 council incumbents Michael Julian Bond also qualified.
In the Atlanta Board of Education races, District 4 incumbent Nancy Meister, who represents Buckhead, has qualified. Challengers to incumbents in the three at-large seats also have qualified: Nisha Simama (Seat 7), Dave Walker (Seat 8) and Jason Esteves and Lori James (Seat 9).
The city of Atlanta charges qualifying fees of $4,425 for mayoral candidates, $1,230 for council president candidates, $1,184.19 for council candidates and $444 for school board candidates.
In an email to the media Friday afternoon, Sandy Springs spokesman Dan Coffer said two council candidates qualified -Ken Dishman (District 2) and Clayton Cole (District 5).
In an email to the media Thursday afternoon, Coffer said three candidates qualified Thursday. Incumbent District 5 Councilman Tibby DeJulio qualified, as did council candidates Barbara Malone (District 3) and Jennifer Steele (District 6).
In an email Wednesday afternoon, Coffer said candidate Andy Bauman qualified for the District 6 race Wednesday, joining candidate John Stoj who qualified Tuesday. Incumbent Karen Meinzen McEnerny is not seeking re-election. Stoj and Bauman join candidates Patty Berkovitz and Sonja Tonpea, who qualified Monday.
In an email Tuesday morning, Sandy Springs spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said most of the city’s incumbents qualified Monday.
Mayoral candidates Bob Brown and Rusty Paul qualified. Incumbent Eva Galambos is not seeking re-election. Council incumbents John Paulson (District 1), Dianne Fries (District 2) and Gabriel Sterling (District 4) each qualified, and Sterling’s first known opponent, Tochie Blad, also qualified.
Graham McDonald, who is running for the District 3 council seat, qualified Monday morning, his wife Kelly said in an email to the Neighbor. Incumbent Chip Collins is not seeking re-election.
The city of Sandy Springs charges qualifying fees of $750 for mayoral candidates and $360 for council candidates.