Reed Officially Announces Bid for Re-Election

Atlanta Mayor Responds to Chants for ‘Four More Years’

By A. Scott Walton Executive Editor | 8/26/2013, 3:14 p.m.
Mayor Kasim Reed makes official mayoral announcement on Monday August 26. (Photo by WGCL).

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed stood on the steps of City Hall Monday morning and officially declared his candidacy for a second term in office. Reed was surrounded by roughly 100 supporters, including several regional office holders and members of clergy.

Reed said he made the announcement in such an elaborate fashion – complete with campaign signs and loud-speakers blaring Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up” – to squelch any “chatter” people might have heard about the possibility of him opting for another career path.

“Now that I’ve qualified and paid my qualification fee, nobody can think that any other job can pull me away from Atlanta,” Reed said.

“I don’t want any other job,” he insisted.

In response to a reporter’s question, Reed estimated that he has so far raised “about $2.5 million” for his re-election bid and that his campaign currently has “$1.7 million cash on hand”.

Asked how he would grade himself on his performance as a first-term mayor, Reed said: “I’d grade it an ‘incomplete’. I’ll give you my grade when I walk out of here after eight years in office, not after four years.”

Reed elicited raucous laughter from the crowd when he quipped: “I think I make being Mayor look real sexy.”