Business coalition rates Borders, Reed highest in Atlanta mayoral race

Committee for a Better Atlanta was started 13 years ago by Metro Atlanta Chamber President Sam Williams and Sam Massell, the former mayor, in order to concentrate the clout of the business community in Atlanta city elections.

The coalition, currently chaired by Jeff Wansley, vice president of Equifax, is out today with a rating of candidates. Bottom line: CBA gives its highest marks to Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders, but just barely. Kasim Reed, the former state senator, is rated nearly as high.

Councilwoman Mary Norwood and Atlanta attorney Jesse Spikes were rated “well-qualified,” but short of the “excellent” ratings given Borders and Reed. Norwood may be the candidate most affected by the scoring. The lower CBA rating implies that the business community thinks of her more as a neighborhood candidate.

That the CBA gives Reed near-equal ranking with Borders is also interesting, and implies that — despite polls that uniformly show him in third place — the CBA isn’t about to discount his campaign.

See all the ratings here. By the CBA’s measure, “a score of 88-100 is excellent; 79-87 is well qualified; 70-78 is average; and below 70 is not qualified.

Specifically, mayoral candidates were ranked as follows:

– Borders, 95;

– Reed, 93;

– Norwood, 86;

– and Spikes, 81.

Rating categories include: Vision, experience, ability to implement initiatives, managing government, public safety, economic development, mobility, and infrastructure.

One mayoral candidate, Peter Brownlowe, was rated unqualified. Kyle Keyser did not participate.

Candidates for council president, Ceasar Mitchell and Claire Muller, were given identical rankings of 92.

Councilman Lamar Willis, who is seeking a third term and owes nearly $44,000 in back taxes and fines, was scored as “excellent” with a rating of 92.

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James

September 29th, 2009
12:40 pm

Ut oh. Borders’ whole campaign is based on her business acumen. Now that Reed has shown he’s just as savvy as she is in that field what else does she have to run on?

VHighlands

September 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

Wow! Kasim Reed is showing that he’s very well-rounded. I can’t quite say that about the other candidates. He’s peaking at the perfect time.

NewA

September 29th, 2009
12:44 pm

I don’t know, I had been leaning on Kasim but Borders will turn around the business community. I think she is slowly earning my vote.

Kasim Reed Not For Mayor

September 29th, 2009
12:47 pm

Bit.ly/KasimReed

Border War

September 29th, 2009
12:48 pm

Looks like Lisa did well. However, I must admit that I expected her to be far ahead of the other candidates when being evaluated by the business community. This sheds new light on this mayoral campaign. Mary Norwood’s B- doesn’t surprise me; however, Kasim caught me by off guard a bit.

Buckhead Bob

September 29th, 2009
12:51 pm

Reed’s making it really hard not to vote for him. Borders and Norwood lost a considerable amount of ground here.

Checkmate

September 29th, 2009
12:52 pm

Given the corruption and Bill Campbell-esque politics that I’ve heard about from Kasim Reed and with Mary Norwood proving yet again that she is unqualified to be mayor, my decision is easy. First the police union, then Georgia Equality, and now the business community! Borders is the clear choice for Atlanta!

Jasher

September 29th, 2009
12:53 pm

These scores fall right in line with how I figured they would. For all of Norwood’s nutty notions, the biz community realizes that she’s all talk with very little action. Then again, what would you expect of a Buckhead society wife? I’m sure she could drink all of the other candidates under the table of Earl Grey was the swill of choice.

Mary Supporter

September 29th, 2009
12:54 pm

Of course Kasim has a higher ranking than Mary. He has promised all if his high power lawyer friends that they will get the contract work when many of the city’s bonds expire next term. Talk about a brother using brothers to help out the elite. I hope his campaign staff ain’t reading this. Kasim, when you are done using all the bright brothers in town in the words of my third Uncle Charles Barkley “make sure you push the elevator button to go back down when you get to the top floor.” I’ve seen enough of my brothers used and abused by politicians like you. Go Mary!

Jasher

September 29th, 2009
12:56 pm

“Brother”? Take that racist talk back to Peach Pundit. You Black Republicans are something else.

Valerie

September 29th, 2009
12:56 pm

Seeing as how Lisa Borders has no record and doesn’t even stand out within her own (supposed) arena, it’s difficult to argue that’s she’s the best candidate. Where does her strength lie now? Her campaign has reason to be very concerned.

Jasher

September 29th, 2009
12:59 pm

Kasim Reed is proving to be the best all around candidate.

Claire

September 29th, 2009
1:01 pm

Buckhead Bob,

Can you quickly explain how Borders “lost a considerable amount of ground” after scoring higher than any other candidate running for mayor or city council president in this election. In your mind does exceeding your competition’s level of expertise on a leading issue not equate to holding your ground, or have I missed something?

The True Jasher

September 29th, 2009
1:03 pm

Stop stealing my name you…name-stealer! If anyone should be concerned right now, it’s Spikes and Brownlowe. After that public school A/V produced commercial Spikes ran, he should just drop out of the race and humble himself before he looks like any more of a foolish old man than he does now. One-note Brownlowe is only showing his incompetence by blithely not answering questions in debates or on his website that don’t deal with his only platform issue — crime.

Shin Jasher

September 29th, 2009
1:04 pm

From here on in, Jasher is now “Shin Jasher”. Look it up, you philistines.

Mary Supporter

September 29th, 2009
1:04 pm

@ Jasher The only Black Republican in this room is likely that union’ bustin Kasim Reed. Mary is more for the people than him. As a CAU grad (74′), Jasher I don’t think you know the history of some of these Atlanta politicians. They target smart well educated brothers and just leave them out to dry come day after the election. Kids that sweat and bleed for them, then it is the what have you done for me lately game. Trust me. I Know!

Jasher

September 29th, 2009
1:08 pm

@Mary Supporter back your claims against Kasim Reed up with facts or stop all the silliness. The only person with ethical issues in this race is Lisa Borders.

http://www.sundaypaper.com/More/Archives/tabid/98/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/4525/Lisa-Borders-ethics-problem.aspx

NewA

September 29th, 2009
1:10 pm

Atlanta is moving towards a new leadership, a new direction and now after considerable thought, because Kasim led Shirley to the mess we are in and hired Chief Pennington, I am now changing my support to Lisa Borders. God Bless!

Big

September 29th, 2009
1:13 pm

Jasher,

It’s not racist, it’s dirty politics and Kasim is great at it! That’s why after working as Shirley Franklin’s campaign manager he gave his brother (Tracy Reed) the job at city hall that hands out city contracts to minority businesses. Again, it’s not racist…it’s politics.

WeGetPaidToBlogForBorders

September 29th, 2009
1:19 pm

The Atlanta Business Journal is doing a report on how Lisa Borders has been bought and paid for by the business community. MOST of her $$$ comes from outside the city business developer. OF COURSE the good ol buys club is going to vote for their candidate.

What REALLY matters is the # of PEOPLE who vote.

IF CORPORATIONS COULD VOTE, BORDERS WOULD RUN AWAY WITH IT

KasimReedForMayor

September 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

I was told to comment on the blogs and say:

“looks like kasim is on the upswing”
“borders should be worried”
“if business is her background shouldn’t she have done better?”

Now that that’s out of the way, Tracy and I are going to slander more people with fake flyers and try to capitalize on the death of students. Until next time….

Shin Jasher

September 29th, 2009
1:22 pm

Corporations are run by people, WGPTBFB. And people vote. Grammar and spelling are important if you want to be taken seriously. It seems you’ve already got capitalizing words down pat.

NewA

September 29th, 2009
1:23 pm

We Get Paid To Blog,

If you actually took a look, Kasim has received more money from developers than Lisa. Sorry to burst your all caps bubble.

KO

September 29th, 2009
1:25 pm

@Jasher hahahaha, you’re cute. This is your idea of an “ethical issue.” A baseless claim that was immediately thrown out? No wonder you support Kasim Reed.

Let’s talk about the fact that Kasim Reed is the ONLY candidate who has been forced to pay fines for ethics violations? Any takers?

Shin Jasher

September 29th, 2009
1:27 pm

Thanks for the compliment, KO, but that hack who stole my name is to blame. I do NOT support Kasim Reed and his thug nation politics.

Shin Jasher

September 29th, 2009
1:43 pm

The comments got quiet — it must be chow time down at the campaign office. Eat up!

Wow, Just Wow

September 29th, 2009
4:17 pm

Somebody should ban campaign staffers from the blogs. All this circular fire makes my stomach hurt.

Matthew W

September 30th, 2009
12:13 am

Why would Kyle participate after not being invited to the televised debate? I bet he feels more than unfairly ignored by now.

ATL by Way of TX

September 30th, 2009
2:42 am

Borders scores a 95, Norwood an 86: no surprises there if you’ve attended any of the debates. The business community has spoken and they are not comfortable with Norwood as mayor. Does she have a plan to attract new and retain existing businesses in the city? It’s clear she doesn’t like the state of finances at city hall but what will she do differently? Does anyone know? When she does have the chance to speak, all she does is attack the current administration and belittle the current city council, which she sits on. Sometimes I wonder if she’s forgotten that she’s still on the city council…

newA

September 30th, 2009
9:04 am

Why in the world is someone using my name newA, but with a capital ‘N’??? Pls discontinue.

I do not get paid to blog, and I absolutley am not against Reed in any way. BTW, I think Borders is the worst candidate of them all.

Borders is in Cousins Property’s pocket. She has been an ineffective leader of City Council. She is indecisive, which is proven by the fact she dropped out; then re-entered the race.

Shin Jasher

September 30th, 2009
9:54 am

newA, I hope your parents never fall under any sort of health crisis which forces you to take care of them; it’s happened to me, and it’s happened to Lisa. Try to show a little more class and decorum, huh?

Lorna

September 30th, 2009
10:13 am

This is just a rating. This should not swing your vote. I am sure that some of you would poll excellent or good, but should not be Mayor. Get real people. Just look at the records and their plans for the city and their accountability. A candidate who is honest and not afraid to speak out, will be the candidate we can hold accountable. What I have been seeing from the current council members running is backsliding and covering up. I can’t take. Its not about race, gender, class-it’s really about what you see is what you get. We have no time to take on candidates who are coming for a pre-test. We want someone who has passed the test and been the trenches with those we are going up against. I don’t want a darn highway through the city nor do I want those students at Clark to be closed in and filled with a false sense of security. This crime thing is really bad and it will not take a freakin whimp!

Ira in East Lake

September 30th, 2009
10:16 am

Shin – so I should vote for Lisa out of pity then? F that. I’ll judge her on what she has done and how she has done it. Short answer – she stinks.

She claims to want to support LE and using one of her few powers a CC Pres, she placed one of the MOST INEFFECTIVE CC MEMBERS AS HEAD OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE. Why Lisa?

Shin – why did she do that? Why was she against the lower property tax increase and then in favor of the higher one?

I look forward to your answers.

Teela

September 30th, 2009
10:19 am

Enter your comments here

If any one is interested…take a look at where the money Joyce Sheperd come from. She is running for Council seat…again…from District 12.

Zoning offices (??????) lawyers and developers…geez. And some contributer named Janet Housewife…not from her district.

In fact. ol’ Joyce is rather a shake down artist…and what are all these zoning offices doing giving her $$$?

I want Bill Campbell Back

September 30th, 2009
12:07 pm

If you want Bill Campbell’s administration back, vote for the following folks–Mayoral candidate – “What is Enron Accounting?-Mary Norwood ” (Michael Langford working on her campaign); city council candidates= “I Want My Seat Back-Michael Julian Bond” “Too Old, I Paid My Dues-Reginald Eaves,” “the Metro Atlanta Chamber Asked Me Not To Run Again In 2001-Aaron Watson.”