(ATLANTA, GA - 10/30/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today released issue-based questionnaires completed by six of Atlanta's mayoral candidates. The surveys asked candidates about their positions on Islamophobia, civil rights, affordable housing, President Trump's policies, and police training, including whether the Atlanta Police Department should continue participating in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program (GILEE).
SEE: 1. Survey-Peter Aman.pdf, 2. Survey-Keisha_Lance_Bottoms.pdf, 3. Survey-Vincent_Fort.pdf, 4. SurveyKwanza_Hall.pdf 5. Survey-Ceasar_Mitchell.pdf, and 6. Survey-Cathy_Woolard.pdf (Mary Norwood and John Eaves have not yet submitted survey responses).
"We thank Atlanta's mayoral candidates for visiting local mosques, engaging with Atlanta Muslim voters, and completing these candidate surveys, which ask about a variety of issues important to our community," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We're happy to see that several candidates have committed to oppose anti-Muslim bigotry, and support civil rights, if elected Mayor of Atlanta."
Over the past few months, CAIR Georgia met with ten of the mayoral candidates to learn about their positions, educate the candidates about Atlanta Muslim voters, and invite each candidate to visit local mosques. Several other organizations joined the nonpartisan candidate outreach, including the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, IMAN Atlanta, Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, and Al-Farooq Masjid.
So far, Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms have visited Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, while Senator Vincent Fort and former Council President Cathy Woolard for Atlanta Mayor have visited Al-Farooq Masjid.
PHOTOS: Atlanta Mayor Candidates Visit Mosques, Greet Voters
Those candidates, as well Councilman Kwanza Hall, Councilwoman Mary Norwood, former City COO Peter Aman, former Fulton County Commission chairman John Eaves For Atlanta Mayor, and former candidates Michael Sterling and Al Bartell, met with CAIR Georgia over the summer to learn about the Atlanta Muslim community.
"Atlanta is home to dozens of mosques, as well as thousands of Atlanta Muslims who care deeply about the future of the city," Mitchell said. "We encourage every candidate to continue dialoguing with Atlanta Muslim voters, and we encourage Atlanta Muslims to learn about every candidate."
LEFT: Candidates Cathy Woolard and Kwanza Hall.
ABOVE (clockwise from lefthand corner): Senator Vincent Fort, Former City COO Peter Aman, Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Former Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, Councilwoman Mary Norwood, Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms
BELOW: Former candidates Al Bartell and Michael Sterling.