Monday night, the Fulton County chapter of the League of Women Voters and the Georgia ACLU, among other organizations, hosted a debate between the remaining Atlanta mayoral candidates, City Council President Felicia Moore and City Councilman Andre Dickens. The debate was held at The Gathering Spot on Northyards Boulevard.
A seminal moment during the debate was when the moderator asked the candidates, “What keeps you awake at night, and what allows you to have a good night’s sleep?”
“We have a broken city,” said Moore, who got 41 percent of the vote last week. “We have not paid attention to the foundation, the fundamental services of the city and how they’re delivered.
During the debate, Dickens pleaded that Atlanta’s issues with crime and poverty will only get worse if economic inequality is not addressed.
In Atlanta, murders are up 13%, rape has increased 62%, aggravated assault is up 23%, and auto thefts are up 9% according to the Atlanta Police Department’s weekly crime report.
“It’s knowing that bullets are not going to be flying through your window while you’re sleeping,” Moore said. “It means that you know that you can drive somewhere and stop at a light and not be pulled out and beaten to a pulp and waiting for a long time for someone to come. It means calling 911 for help and someone actually is able to answer the phone, and our officers are able to actually get to you because the cars that they have actually work and are running. Or the fire happens and the trucks actually can get to where you are and reach you. So those are the things that keep me up at night. And that is one of the reasons I’m running for mayor, is—we have a broken city. And we have not paid attention to the foundation, the fundamental services in this city and how they’re delivered, making sure we have the equipment…. We have to be able to serve you.”
Meanwhile, Dickens talked about the city’s wealth gap and inequality as two contributing factors to Atlanta’s crime issues.
Early voting begins November 17th and the runoff election will be held November 30th.