Atlanta police union backs Cleta Winslow’s opponent

We’re written before about the Atlanta police union and its effort to make a point in the 2009 race for mayor.

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers (Local 623) last month endorsed Lisa Borders in that contest.

But the group has also stepped – hard – into the District 4 council race, where Cleta Winslow, chairman of the council’s public safety committee, is defending her seat.

The cops are endorsing challenger LaShawn Hoffman. “The women and men of the IBPO have been woefully ignored by the current city council representative of District 4 and we look forward to new leadership in that community to address our member[‘s] concerns,” writes Local 623 President Sgt. Scott Kreher.

Read the entire letter here. District 4 includes parts of West End and the Atlanta University campus.

Winslow voted against the property tax increase credited with ending the city’s furloughs of police officers and firefighters.

Hoffman is to announce the police union endorsement tomorrow. His campaign manager says the firefighters union, too, will line up behind the candidate.

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11 comments Add your comment

Raquel Morris

September 29th, 2009
12:07 am

That’s excellent news. LaShawn Hoffmann is smart and energetic. His election will be the beginning of a long overdue turnaround for the area. I wish I could vote for him, but I live in District 12 and am stuck with Joyce Shepherd. Joyce is decent, but could use an attitude adjustment.

Second that emotion

September 29th, 2009
12:47 am

Raquel I could not agree with you more. Not only does the City Council need refreshing, but LaShawn Hoffmann is very well qualified to become the next City Councilmember in District 4. I have attended many NPU meetings, and I remember Mr. Hoffmann presiding over meetings and what professionalism. That district needs a new councilperson as soon as possible. LaShawn Hoffmann will truly get my vote!

City girl

September 29th, 2009
1:04 am

That’s great news. When you have a non-incumbent locking down all of the major endorsements, that is a sign that change is on the horizon. LaShawn is a great candidate and really cares about the District. It will be nice to have someone in that seat who has the energy and intellect to move the District forward. Way to go LaShawn!


September 29th, 2009
6:50 am

Let’s Review: Lisa Borders appointed Cleta Winslow to chair the public safety committee.

The Atlanta Police Union says they have been “woefully ignored” by Cleta Winslow.

The same Atlanta Police Union, which endorsed Lisa, is supporting her public safety committee chairman’s opponent?

This sounds like a room full of stupid!

sad brotha

September 29th, 2009
8:17 am

And we continue to elect guys like Marion Barry. If the ATL don’t wake up, we’ll end up like DC.


September 29th, 2009
9:53 am

Bert, Lisa has nothing to do with the union backing Hoffman over Winslow. Jesus, you Kasim shills are relentlessly stupid!


September 29th, 2009
9:54 am

I also think Hoffman is probably the lesser of two evils — his smile could beat her moustache any day of the week.


September 29th, 2009
3:12 pm

I agree Jasher… two totally seperate issues

the fact here is the chair of public safety received no public safety endorsements… She obviously sees public safety as an afterthought.

Its good to see LaShawn endorsed by them!


September 29th, 2009
11:25 pm

Jasher, you dumb s*#^. I never said that Lisa had anything to do with the union backing Hoffman over Winslow.

Where ignorance is bliss………..


September 30th, 2009
10:25 am

Enter your comments here

Not so sure that Joyce is decent….look at the where her contributions are coming from: Lawyers, ZONING offices and developers.

What the hell? And where are the residents of her District12?? We are all not too poor to give money but maybe wise to her behavior. Joyce needs more than an attitude adjustment.


October 5th, 2009
10:31 pm

I totally agree with the Police and Fire Union’s pic for council endorsement. CHANGE IS COMING TO COUNCIL!!! I am a firm believer that HOFFMAN can help to turn thingz around in the City of Atlanta. This will give Cleta time to take some time off and get a good wax!