Atlanta District 9 Candidates Q & A and Vision for the District
Candidate Q&A – Kwame Abernathy, Atlanta City Council, District 9
1) Why are you running for office in the city of Atlanta?
I’m running because this is the most critical time in our community’s history. Equitable economic development on all sides of the district and the City of Atlanta is what becomes possible if I am elected.
2) What makes you a better candidate than your opponents?
I have a community engagement strategy for neighborhood, community, faith, and small business leaders. My opponents have a strategy for special interest stakeholders that are disconnected from our neighborhoods.
3) What do you think is Atlanta’s greatest strength?
Atlanta’s greatest strength is the connection between our neighborhoods and the history of justice and fairness for all. The history of social integration has built a city like no other.
4) What do you think is Atlanta’s biggest challenge?
Atanta’s biggest challenge is the digital divide that locks our communities out of the mainstream of technology. Workforce development and job skills development for the least of these is critical. This cannot happen without affordable housing.
5) How would you address what you feel is Atlanta’s biggest challenge?
How I will address Atlanta’s biggest challenge will be in serving all of the people’s needs in my district, and ensuring public policy is in place to serve all of the people in District 9. This will include holding fast when lobbyists, special interest groups, and corporations attempt to stronghold our public servants.
Atlanta City Council candidate Q and A: Kwame Abernathy
Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for your district specifically?
A: Equitable economic development on all sides of the district and the city is so very important.
Q: What could you do as a Council member about that?
A: Support public safety. We start with safe communities and everything we do, build, and improve emanates from there.
Support workforce development, job skills training, and education. We all know how important it is to receive proper training, to improve your skill set and further your education of any kind. We must make this a priority in order to get people working and meet labor needs.
Demand long-term affordable housing options of various income levels. Affordable is a subjective term that changes for each person. We must meet the housing needs of all citizens, from the minimum wage worker, to the college educated strapped with long term student loan debt, to the working middle class.
When communities are strong and stable they can leverage and shape development to meet their needs.
Q: What’s an uncomfortable truth the next Council needs to face?
A: So many citizens have lost faith in politics, politicians, and the process and they are simply jaded.