Lisa Borders wins Atlanta police union endorsement

The Atlanta mayoral campaign of Lisa Borders has won the endorsement of the local union of police officers.

Writes my AJC colleague Eric Stirgus:

The endorsement was heavily sought by several sought since crime and public safety has been the biggest concern many Atlantans have about the city.

Borders has proposed increasing the size of Atlanta’s police force by about 170 officers in her first term, if she’s elected. She also wants to give officers raises and wants to work with the business community on initiatives that help more police officers buy homes in the city.

The full endorsement letter the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 623 is now up on the Borders web site. It says in part:

You are the only candidate that took time to meet with the Union on a regular basis to discuss a strategic long term plan for our men and women to ensure our department is fully staffed and equipped to fight crime for our city. You are also the only candidate that we would always see at the hospital or crime scene when one of our officers were injured or gave their life for the City.

The endorsement is signed by Sgt. Sgt. Scott Kreher, the fellow who got in such trouble earlier this year after saying he wanted to beat Mayor Shirley Franklin with a baseball bat because of the city’s treatment of injured officers.

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11 comments Add your comment

PlanAtl

August 28th, 2009
6:16 pm

Like Matt Towery said, “it’s gonna take more than endorsements to win this race”.

3Crowd

August 28th, 2009
6:19 pm

Wow! I’m surprised she got the endorsement after speaking out against the furloughs.

Borders Supporter

August 28th, 2009
7:14 pm

it’s going to take the support and trust of the people of atlanta to win this race. when public safety is THE issue, the endorsement of the police union goes along way in establishing that trust.

Wow, Just Wow

August 29th, 2009
4:46 pm

Endorsements are fantastic when YOU get them and meaningless when the OTHER candidate gets them…

atlpaddy

August 29th, 2009
11:00 pm

Hmmmm, interesting..

sideline

August 30th, 2009
9:11 am

With surrogates like AaronTurpeau lying and trying to divide the city, I doubt Borders will earn the trust of the people.

Karen Callaghan

August 30th, 2009
7:18 pm

Sideline,

Dont worry about Lisa. She is gonna be a fine mayor.

Tombigbee

August 31st, 2009
8:17 pm

“The endorsement is signed by Sgt. Sgt. Scott Kreher, the fellow who got in such trouble earlier this year after saying he wanted to beat Mayor Shirley Franklin with a baseball bat because of the city’s treatment of injured officers.”

I see that Smart Ass White boy learned his lesson.

Tiger Coach

September 1st, 2009
10:11 am

What Mr. Stirgus failed to report was that the IBPO endorsement was made by 5 members of the union. Not one officer who belongs in the union was asked their opinion…The endorsement means nothing!

Sgt. Scott Kreher

September 1st, 2009
10:59 pm

Tombigbee…..I can only guess you don’t know that 5 castophically injuried heros on the Atlanta Police Depeartment were being denied treatment by the Franklin administration. After the IBPO brought this issue to light (check out our video on our website IBPOlocal623.com) these officers were finally given the treatment they deserve. I hope you never have to face the pain and agony they endured. Tiger Coach…you obviously don’t know the 6 month process the IBPO went through to endorse a candidate for Mayor. Written questionnaires, public debates, face-to-face meetings with cadidates and two general meetings for members were part of the process. So, Lisa Borders is our choice for Mayor. If you are a leader, you understand men and women depend on your decisions as an elected offical. Sorry you think our endorsement means nothing. Maybe you should put on a vest, gunbelt and badge and pull in service next to us and then post.

ATL by way of TX

September 1st, 2009
11:50 pm

@ Tiger Coach: the union represents 1,100 members of the APD. You allege that only five members voted. Be that as it may, it’s still an endorsement from the union. And there were more than five police officers along side Lisa on the steps of city hall today. Let me know when the other 1,095 officers raise a red flag about the vote.