Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore spoke to advocates and union leaders during a late afternoon rally on Edgewood and Boulevard. During her speech, Moore said her campaign needed to rally the 41% that voted for her in the general election to the polls. She also said her campaign has been knocking on doors, burning up the phones, texting, and spreading out in Atlanta to attract new voters.

Additionally, Moore says it’s time to clean up city services and the way they are delivered.

“Because of some of the things that have happened in this campaign, I’m not surprised, because it is time to shake up the status quo,” Moore said. “It is time to shake up the status quo. I’ve been doing it since I stepped foot in City Hall. And I will do it as mayor. No longer the friends and family paid the pay to play because you lose somebody or some other new you. It’s because we have to do this for the people. It’s not about me. It’s about you.”

Moore touted her leadership roles in the Georgia Municipal Association, the National League of Cities, plus establishing the Georgia Municipal Black Caucus and National League of Cities in attempts to bring positive national attention to Atlanta.

Joining Moore at the rally was State Rep. Billy Mitchell, State Rep. Dewey McClain, DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox, PACE President Gina Pagnotti, Brett Hulme of the Carpenters Union and producer and songwriter Dallas Austin.

“She has the plan. She has the record. Atlanta deserves more and more needs to be done in Atlanta,” Maddox said. “So if you care about safer streets, if you believe that law enforcement should be a part of the community as we should be. And if you want leadership that can be trusted to work for you.”

96,000 people voted in the Nov. 2 election. It was not lost on Moore’s mind. She says a general distrust of city government is the direct reason for the apathy among Atlanta’s electorate.

“One thing that I challenge anybody to challenge me on this, if I say, I’m going to do and I challenge anybody to say that at my word. And that is what we need, you need, again to build public trust, and the city and it’s worth that’s why people don’t go to vote,” Moore explained. “A reporter asked me why you think voter turnout is low: I said ‘because they don’t trust the government and don’t trust their elected officials.’ They’re tired of people telling them they’re going to do something and nothing gets done. And so I want to be the bridge that builds that trust to give I want to be the one that goes into the non glamorous parts of city hall and get it done.”

According to an 11Alive SurveyUSA Poll, Moore has a small advantage among all likely voters, 46% to 40%. Among the 59% who said they are certain to vote on or before Nov 30, Moore’s lead is just 5 points. However, a poll commissioned by WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Nov. 11-19 by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, showed Dickens at 42.6% and Moore at 37.2%. Nearly, 20% of respondents say they are undecided.

Heading into Election Day, more than 30% of registered voters showed up to the polls for the primary earlier this month.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and stay open through 7 p.m.

 

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore addresses her supporters at Edgewood and Boulevard on Monday, November 29, 2021. Moore and her opponent, Andre Dickens, are locked in a right battle heading into the runoff election. (Photo: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...