By John Ruch
Three registered candidates – two for mayor and one for city council District 4 – officially joined the races on Nov. 2 after certification this week by the city clerk.
Brandon Adkins of southwest Atlanta and Henry Anderson of Sweet Auburn are candidates for the mayoral race. 14 other qualified candidates are on the ballot: Antonio Brown, Andre Dickens, Kirsten Dunn, Nolan English, Sharon Gay, Mark Hammad, Kenny Hill, Rebecca L. King Glenn, Felicia Moore, Kasim Reed, Walter Reeves, Roosevelt Searles III , Richard N. Wright, and S. Wrightson. (Another potential candidate, Raina Bell-Saunders, registered in writing but did not meet the qualifying requirements and withdrew, according to the city clerk’s office.)
In City Council District 4, Ronald Zackery qualified as an editor. Candidates to be on the ballot include incumbent Cleta Winslow and challengers Rogelio Arcila, Larry B. Carter II, Jason Dozier, Kim Scott and DeBorah “Sister” Williams.
Under state law, written candidates must be officially certified to count as a vote. Candidates in writing must post an official announcement, file a case with the city clerk’s office, and adhere to campaign finance disclosure laws. They obviously have a more difficult road to victory than the candidates whose names will appear on the ballot.