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Atlanta City Council Presidential Candidates Q&A
by Bobby Tedder
October 30, 2013 01:33 PM | 1768 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rachele Fruit
Rachele Fruit
Ceasar Mitchell
Ceasar Mitchell
Editor’s note: Rachele Fruit is challenging incumbent Ceasar Mitchell for Atlanta City Council president in Tuesday’s nonpartisan election.

n Name, age: Rachele Fruit, 64

n Occupation: factory worker

n Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, 1970

n Why are you the best choice? “Working people are living through the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, with long-term unemployment, attacks on our wages, safety and our rights … Our campaign provides an alternative that workers and their allies can support.”

n Top issues: jobs and raising the minimum wage

n Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $123,535

n Campaign website: none

n Name, age: Ceasar Mitchell, 45

n Occupation: commercial real estate and finance attorney with law firm of DLP Piper LLP

n Education: bachelor’s degree in economics and English from Morehouse College, 1991; law degree from University of Georgia School of Law, 1995

n Family: wife Tiffany and two young daughters, Canon and Czarya

n Why are you the best choice? “I am the best choice because my legislative record and history of civic engagement has been predicated on working in the best interest of the city and its citizens. Public service is a calling, one I have gladly and humbly accepted. The people of Atlanta have entrusted me with improving their quality of life and safeguarding that which they treasure most. I take this responsibility very seriously. As city council president, I intend to continue moving forward an agenda that reflects of our values as a council and the concerns articulated by our constituents. Service is not about politics to me, but delivering on a promise to put Atlanta first.”

n Top three issues: Creating a healthier job market, improving public education and improving the city’s transportation infrastructure

n Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $125

n Campaign website:

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