In it, he promised a council that is dogmatic in its approach to ensure a thriving Atlanta for generations to come.
“In 2014, the Atlanta City Council is prepared to do the work today that will ensure a more prosperous tomorrow for our children and our children’s children,” Mitchell said. “Our agenda must remain more robust than our challenges and as ambitious as our opportunities.”
He vowed to continue with his work to collaborate with elected officials from other governing bodies that also impact quality of life for the city’s residents. Mitchell referenced his successes in strengthening relationships with state officials, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, the Atlanta Board of Education and others.
“As council president, I will continue as I did during my first term to encourage stronger relationships with the men and women who also serve you, the same public, just hailing under different banners,” he said.
Mitchell also thanked the people of Atlanta for their “shared sacrifice” in helping the city get through “the bleakest economic period our city and country has faced since the Great Depression,” and urged residents to move forward to a “brighter future for Atlanta and her people.”
Mitchell challenged Atlantans to, “keep Atlanta first. First in our hearts and minds,” he said.
Mitchell closed his comments on an introspective and personal note, referencing his young daughters, but echoing a sentiment felt by many of Atlanta’s citizens on the legacy they leave for future generations.
“This is the story I want to tell my daughters Canon and Czarya about the city that made me, and the city that I love so much,” he said. “This is the story we must all strive to make real.”