For me, it is about integrity……

Atlanta is a city where open discussion and dialogue with leaders across a broad spectrum of politics is and can be had without animosity.  That is exactly what happened when I met with most of the candidates during the campaign, including Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. They wanted to discuss the issues they care about most and their ideas to move the city forward.

I knew that my endorsement during this runoff would evoke criticism and speculation but I am no stranger to judgment and criticism in the public space. This is not a career for the fainthearted.  I know that for some, this mayoral election may be about race or/and political affiliation. For me, it is about integrity, transparency, and issues that affect people, not race and not party.

I did not become an advocate for ethics and transparency in government during this campaign. These issues have long been the foundation of my political service so like many other people in the city, I am deeply concerned about the federal investigation of city contracting, pay to play politics and the convictions of a member of the mayor’s cabinet (the Chief Procurement Officer) and two vendors on charges of conspiracy and bribery. All signs point to the fact that the investigation will continue and more indictments could follow.  The U. S. Attorney has said corruption is prolific at City Hall. We are better than that. Fairness and transparency in government matter at every level of government including City Hall.

We cannot and should not turn a blind eye to corruption and greed. The Mayor must set the high standard of fair play and hold herself to that standard with no exceptions. Setting and meeting high ethical standards for yourself and then for others and operating with transparency in all government operations is the bedrock of gaining and maintaining public trust. Mary Norwood is the candidate running for mayor who has released her personal and business tax returns to demonstrate her commitment to transparency.  She has committed to do the same as mayor and to establish an Office of Inspector General to strengthen transparency at City Hall. She has been open, transparent and engaging during her 12 years as a Council member and from former Senator Vincent Fort’s comments last week he has about 20 plus years of experience with her as a neighborhood leader and activist.

I have known Mary Norwood for 16 years. We have not always agreed but she has always been open to discussing the issues. She will work hard.  I believe Mary Norwood will lead with the integrity, humility and the dignity the position demands and the people of Atlanta deserve.

 

 

Comments

  1. Marc Tesio says:

    If you want to receive money to facilitate a business contract, you need to stay in the private sector. Are you are a public servant who receives a salary and are entrusted with taxpayers dollars and accept bribes? You will be found out and prosecuted under state and federal influence and corruption violations. If you are not an honest person and want to use a public office for personal gain, don’t.

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