Atlanta elections, 2009

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A municipal election in the City of Atlanta was held on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Atlanta is the capital of the state of Georgia and is the largest city in Georgia and is the center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the South.

Voters will fill the offices of mayor of Atlanta, members of the Atlanta City Council and members of the Atlanta Board of Education, for terms commencing January 2010 and ending January 2014. Voters will also vote in retention elections on a number of Municipal Court judges. The election is non-partisan, meaning that political party affiliations do not appear on the ballot.

If no candidate seeking election to any office receives a simple majority vote (50 percent plus one vote among those who cast ballots), a municipal general runoff election will be held on December 1 between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes for the particular office or offices. If a runoff is required to fill the seat of mayor, Council president, at-large Council member or members, or at-large Board of Education member or members, such election will be held at all of the regular precincts citywide. If a runoff is required to fill district Council or Board of Education seats, runoffs will be held at all of the particular precincts within each applicable council or board of education voting district only.

Mayor[edit]

Kasim Reed in 2009

The Mayor is the city's chief executive officer and head of the executive branch, which carries out the laws that have been instituted by the Council. The mayor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of city government.

Incumbent mayor Shirley Franklin was prevented by term limits from running for another term in 2009.[1]

The four leading mayoral candidates, based on standing in polls, took part in a final debate sponsored by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV were City Council President Lisa Borders, City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, state Senator Kasim Reed, and attorney Jesse Spikes. Minor candidates included Peter Brownlowe, Kyle Keyser, and write-in candidates.[2] Previously on October 14, 2009, Emory University sponsored a debate which included the six front running candidates.[3]

Mary Norwood received the most votes in the November election but did not win a majority. Therefore, she and Kasim Reed, who placed second, advanced to a runoff where Kasim Reed won the election.

City Council members and President of the City Council[edit]

The City Council has fifteen members. The Council's role is to advise the mayor and pass local ordinances. Twelve are elected in single-member districts by area, while three are elected at-large from one-third (four) of the 12 voting districts (referred to as "posts").

The President of the Council is elected from the city at-large and is the presiding officer of the Council, acting as chair of all Council meetings. The President of the Council votes on the Council only in case of a tie. The President of the Council appoints chairs and members of the various committees, subject to rejection by a majority of the Council and also acts as acting mayor (exercising all powers and discharging all duties of the mayor) in case of a vacancy in that office or during the disability of the mayor.

There were three candidates for Council President: Ceasar C. Mitchell, Clair McLeod Muller, and Dave Gregory Walker.[4]

Mitchell placed first in the November election, with 48.67% of the vote, but not a majority.[5] Therefore, he and Muller, who placed second, advanced to a December runoff.

Board of education[edit]

The Atlanta Board of Education establishes and approves the policies that govern the Atlanta Public Schools. The Board consists of nine members, representing six geographical districts and three "at-large" districts. One person is elected per district to represent the schools in a given district for a four-year term.

City of Atlanta Municipal Court Judges[edit]

The following current City of Atlanta Municipal Court Judges were on the November 3, 2009 ballots for either dismissal or retention:

  • Honorable Deborah S. Greene (Chief Judge)
  • Honorable Howard R. Johnson
  • Honorable Clinton E. Deveaux
  • Honorable Andrew A. Mickle
  • Honorable Barbara A. Harris
  • Honorable Catherine E. Malicki
  • Honorable Elaine L. Carlisle
  • Honorable Herman L. Sloan
  • Honorable Calvin S. Graves
  • Honorable Gary E. Jackson
  • Honorable Crystal A. Gaines

All the judges were retained.

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