Rinker and Archibong are the only declared candidates for the District 5 seat on Atlanta City Council. They seek to represent residents in neighborhoods like Downtown, East Atlanta, East Lake, Glenwood Park, Kirkwood, Edgewood, Reynoldstown, and others.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Grant Park Cooperative Preschool had sheep on campus last week as part of a Farm-to-School learning initiative.
GRANT PARK — Ellie Martin, coordinator for the volunteer group, Atlanta Farm-to-School, has been introducing farm-to-preschool concepts at the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool where she is on staff. Martin is the school’s naturalist, a new position created by GPCP last year. She has worked with the children to renovate the school garden, which is located across the street in the Garcia family’s background. When the question of how to get rid of overgrowth came up, Martin looked no further than Ewe-niversally Green, a company that offers “sheep for hire” for natural land management. Paid for by donations from GPCP families, a $600 fee covered the rental of a team of sheep for four days, a portable, in-ground fence to keep them contained to …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The attorney who was running in District 2 says it's not the right time for him to run against incumbent Kwanza Hall.
Todd Robinson is withdrawing his candidacy for the District 2 seat on the Atlanta City Council. Some of the neighborhoods in District 2 include Inman Park, Poncey Highlands, the Old Fourth Ward and Midtown. Redrawn district lines will go into effect in 2014. Robinson, a 32-year-old attorney who lives in Midtown, announced a few weeks ago that he was running. He said in a Tuesday email to Patch: I have informed my supporters that I am withdrawing my name from consideration in this year's Atlanta City Council election. After further consideration and discussions with my family, I have come to the realization that the timing of my effort is not quite right. I will continue to serve my community in many other ways and will re-evaluate …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The attorney will seek the District 2 council seat.
Another candidate has joined the race for the Atlanta City Council District 2 seat now held by Kwanza Hall. Todd Robinson, a 32-year-old attorney, announced he's running on his candidate website. Jon Jones also says he's running for the District 2 seat. Some of the neighborhoods in District 2 include Inman Park, the Old Fourth Ward, Poncey Highlands and Midtown. Redrawn district lines will go into effect in 2014. Robinson lives in Midtown. His website says he grew up in Athens, attended the University of Georgia and worked as a child abuse investigator with the Georgia Department of Human Services. He attended Emory Law School and practices commercial and business litigation with the law firm Knight Johnson, LLC. He's been on the Midtown …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Jon Jones, running in District 2, favors using technology to connect with voters.
Jon Jones says on his website that he's running for the District 2 seat on the Atlanta City Council. Kwanza Hall now holds the seat. Jones' website says he favors "Direct democracy," which he defines as "a form of government in which people vote on policy initiatives directly, as opposed to a representative democracy in which people vote for representatives who then vote on policy initiatives." This involvement would occur through "user-friendly technology, electronic voting will allow every member of District 2 to vote on legislation, author new legislation, or make pleas to the city." Jon Jones' website says he's a graduate of Rutgers University, moved to Atlanta in 2010 and works as a marketing/financial professional. Hall has been on …
If elected, Matt Rinker would become the second openly gay city council member.
Matt Rinker announced on his website that he'll will run against incumbent Natalyn Archibong for the District 5 seat on the Atlanta City Council. District 5, which like other districts, has changed boundary lines which will go into effect following the 2013 elections. It retains its historical neighborhoods such as East Atlanta, Kirkwood, East Lake, Reynoldstown and Lake Claire. It also adds some new communities, such as portions of Old Fourth Ward and North Ormewood Park. Rinker is openly gay and, if elected, would become the second gay Atlanta council member, joining Alex Wan of District 6, Project Q said. Rinker, 35, told Project Q he works as a property manager in East Atlanta. His website says he grew up in the Washington, D.C., area…
Friday, January 25, 2013
Robert Z. Welsh would go up against incumbent Carla Smith.
Robert Z. Welsh, a native Atlantan and Peoplestown resident, announced Thursday that he plans to run for Atlanta City Council District 1, challenging Carla Smith, the incumbent. In a statement, Welsh said he believed "it's time for fresh ideals, new energy, and real action on behalf of District 1 resident. Furthermore, I want to represent the interest of all District 1 residents, not just a handful." Smith, who lives in Woodland Hills, has already announced her plans to seek re-election. District 1 is comprised of several neighborhoods, including Summerhill, Peoplestown, Grant Park, Woodland Hills, Ormwood Park and Chosewood Park. Welsh is a state budget official and has formerly worked for the Georgia Senate Budget Office and Georgia …
Friday, November 9, 2012
A precinct-by-precinct breakdown.
President Barack Obama won Fulton County by nearly 115,000 votes Tuesday and he won DeKalb County by a little more than 173,000 votes. Both margins over Gov. Mitt Romney were somewhat smaller than his margin of victory over Sen. John McCain, his Republican challenger in the 2008 race. Here are the precinct-by-precinct results for the communities of East Atlanta Patch: FULTON COUNTY Parkside Elementary School- Precinct 01A Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church – Precinct 01B D.H. Stanton Elementary School - Precinct 01G Thomasville Recreation Center – Precinct 01R Benteen Elementary School – Precinct 01T Butler Street Baptist Church – Precinct 02D Little 5 Points Community Center – Precinct 02E Wheat St Towers Apt Complex – Precinct 02S Lang-…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
East Atlanta Village pub asks folks to put a side the partisan differences and raise their glasses.
With the election over, our friends at the Elder Tree House in East Atlanta Village posted this clever and humorous sign outside the eatery's entrance. It's not Republicans or Democrats we need to fear, it's the aliens. We would add that with all the ghost sightings of which we've been told in various parts of the Village, need to fear close encounters with the spiritual kind, too. — Péralte Paul
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The constitutional amendment grants the state authority to approve charter schools, whether local school boards want them or not.
Georgia voters gave the state more authority over charter schools on Tuesday, passing a constitutional amendment empowering a commission to overrule local school districts that reject charter school petitions. With all counties fully reporting, the hotly contested amendment had support of 58.5 percent of voters. See selected county results below. It was an emotionally charged issue that in some ways united Georgians across political and demographic lines. A Peach Pundit poll from late October had found "no significant difference [in support] based on whether a voter is a Republican or a Democrat, a male or a female, or based on race." Camille Cottrell, an Emory University instructor and card-carrying Democrat, is an example of the …