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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