Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong

The Results Are In: Councilwoman Archibong is the Only Qualified Candidate in the Atlanta City Council, District 5 Race

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The Committee for a Better Atlanta (CBA) issued scores for all of the City of Atlanta races. 

The CBA found, after interviewing both District 5 candidates, that Natalyn Mosby Archibong is the only qualified candidate in the District 5 race.

Candidate scores are based on written questionnaires and in-person interviews, covering topics including: public safety, financial competence, ethics/transparency, transportation, affordable housing and arts, among others. CBA does not endorse any candidates.

The Committee for a Better Atlanta (CBA) is a nonpartisan business coalition that has been scoring candidates running for mayor, city council, and Fulton County Commission for decades.

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Candidate Q&A – District 5 Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Mosby Archibong

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Dan Whisenhun

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

1) Why are you running for office in the city of Atlanta?

I am running for re-election because I am well-qualified for this position, and I enjoy serving the citizens of Council District 5 in particular and the citizens of Atlanta in general.  I look forward to continuing my efforts to make Memorial Drive safer and more pedestrian-friendly.  In addition, I want to continue working with my constituents relative to quality of life issues such as: property tax relief, traffic congestion, affordable housing (including addressing the homelessness crisis), and the efficient and cost-effective delivery of city services.  I also am very passionate about addressing storm water management issues across our city.

2) What makes you a better candidate than your opponents? 

I am more experienced than my opponent.  Over the past 16 years, I have served as a member of the Atlanta City Council.  In addition to serving as a member of every committee on the city council, I am currently serving as the Chair of the Community Development/Human Services Committee, and representing the city council on the following boards:  Invest Atlanta, Atlanta Beltline, Inc., and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.   During my tenure, I have secured over 10 acres of greenspace for Council District 5, helped bring the Edgewood Retail District to the Edgewood neighborhood, secured funding for 2 new fire stations in the district, and funding for streetscape improvements in East Atlanta and Kirkwood.  Additionally, I secured funding for the purchase of the Cabbagetown Community Center, and funding for park improvements across the District.  I am the chief architect of Imagine Memorial, and many other initiatives that have resulted in sidewalk improvements, traffic calming measures, and safer routes to school.  By way of background, I am a product of the Atlanta Public Schools, having graduated from East Atlanta High School.  After receiving my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I received my law degree from the University of Georgia.  As a practicing attorney, I understand and appreciate the complexities of the legislative process.  I also have a deeper understanding of the benefit and value of community involvement as the result of my experience working as a community organizer for The Atlanta Project.  In that capacity, the communities I served were located within Council District 5.  Following that experience, I worked as the Executive Director of the Dekalb Initiative for Children.  Later, I founded and served as the president of the East Atlanta Business Association for 3 consecutive years.  I have been and remain active in my local neighborhood association, and have served as the neighborhood representative to NPU-W.  By the time I was elected to represent the citizens of Council District 5, I had already established a proven track record of strong leadership, inclusiveness and effectiveness.  My opponent has not been involved at the community leadership level.

3) What do you think is Atlanta’s greatest strength? 

Atlanta’s greatest strength is its people.  From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Ivan Allen to Mayors Hartsfield and Jackson, Atlanta is the reflection of the vision and investment of these and many other legendary leaders.  Today, we have strong neighborhood organizations, a vibrant NPU system and a number of boards and commissions that work to make Atlanta innovative, relevant, and inclusive.

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Councilwoman Archibong Challenges President Trump to Reverse his Stance on DACA

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Jeremy Redmon

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

On Tuesday, the council voted 8-2 in favor of a separate resolution --- sponsored by Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong -- that urges Trump to reverse his decision on DACA. 

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Councilwoman Archibong Supports MultiMillion Dollar Bond to Help Atlanta's Homeless

NPR

By: Miranda Hawkins

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

Atlanta's City Council has approved a $26 million bond issue to help the homeless.

Late Monday, the council unanimously approved authorizing the city's economic development arm, Invest Atlanta, to issue the bonds.

The United Way of Greater Atlanta is also kicking in a $25 million donation. It's part of a plan called ClearPath.

"It's important because it's going to allow us to have the funding that we need to really implement strategies around reducing chronic homelessness," said Councilmember Natalyn Archibong.

The plan focuses mainly on providing permanent and emergency housing but it also looks at preventing families on the brink of homelessness from being displaced. According to a press release, in the next three years the city plans to:

  • “Place 500 chronically homeless individuals in permanent supportive housing;
  • Secure housing for 300 homeless families who will be rapidly rehoused in permanent units;
  • Prevent 100 families from entering homelessness;
  • Create 264 new emergency shelter beds; and
  • Create 254 new housing interventions for homeless youth.”

Archibong said the city wants to partner with neighboring municipalities with a focus on DeKalb and Fulton counties.

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Councilwoman Archibong Discusses Atlanta's Tree Canopy on NPR

NPR 

By: Candace Wheeler

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

 Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

2:18: The Atlanta City Council has approved measures to protect the city's tree canopy. The ordinance imposes a 180-day moratorium on accepting any application to remove more than ten trees on residential zoned parcels of five acres or larger. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, who proposed the ordinance, tells us more.

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The Atlanta City Council Unanimously Approves Councilwoman Archibong's Moratorium on Tree Removal

Atlanta Journal Constitution

By Leslie Johnson

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

The Atlanta City Council recently gave the nod to an ordinance imposing a 180-day moratorium on accepting any application to remove more than ten trees on residential zoned parcels of five acres or larger.

Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong proposed the measure, which passed unanimously.

The six month moratorium gives the city the chance to look into the impact that development is having on Atlanta’s tree canopy and to come up with ways to increase and preserve the canopy, according to city officials. Information supplied by the city says that 36 percent of the city is covered in trees, while other U.S. cities on average have 27 percent tree coverage.

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Councilwoman Archibong Introduced Legislation to Solidify the City Council’s Stance on the Paris Climate Accord

Atlanta Intown Paper

by Collin Kelley

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong introduced a resolution on Monday cementing the City Council’s stance on the Paris Climate Accord. The resolution, which received overwhelming support, expresses commitment to the agreement, which strives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2035. “Atlanta should continue to lead our state and region and commit to doing our part in reaching the goals set in the Paris Agreement by reducing our emissions, seeking cleaner energy sources, and working with our corporate partners in protecting our future,” said Archibong. Last week, Mayor Kasim Reed joined more than 100 U.S. mayors when he announced that Atlanta remains committed to the Paris Climate agreement, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accord.

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Councilwoman Archibong is Again Named Most Progressive Member on the Atlanta City Council

Atlanta Progressive News

Matthew Cardinale

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

The APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard is the most comprehensive, voting record-based scorecard available for the current Atlanta City Council, and is available as a public Google Spreadsheet: http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s

APN has been issuing this Scorecard since 2009.  The Scorecard now contains 63 specific votes taken by the Full Council dating back to 2003, in which Atlanta Progressive News has taken a position for or against each legislative item or motion.

Once again, Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong is the most progressive Councilwoman on the City Council, with a score of 82.7 out of 100.

The ranking of the current fifteen Councilmembers are as follows:

NATALYN ARCHIBONG    82.7

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Councilwoman Archibong Urges GDOT to Speed up Efforts to Make Memorial Drive Safer

CBS News

By Rebekka Schramm

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

At an Atlanta city transportation committee meeting Wednesday, council members discussed a letter drafted by Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong and others -- to the Georgia Department of Transportation. GDOT currently has a long-term plan to make the corridor safer, but Archibong is urging them to speed things up.

“There are some things Georgia DOT can do quickly around signalization and lane configuration that will be a solution right now,” said Archibong. “Then, let’s continue to work toward the full ‘from Capitol to Candler’ plan that we have in place.”

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Councilwoman Archibong to Host 16th Annual Tire Roundup & Recycling Event at CHaRM

City of Atlanta Press Release

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

ATLANTA – District 5 Constituents can drop off unwanted tires and other hard to recycle materials FREE OF CHARGE from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), 1110 Hill St. S.E., in partnership with Liberty Tire Recycling.

In addition, this will be the first collection of hard to recycle items as part of the District 5 annual recycling event. For one day only, free recycling will be offered for:

  • Paint – latex and oil base

  • Household chemicals

  • Electronics (TV’s must be intact)

  • Tires (You must unload)

  • Mattresses

  • Propane Tanks

  • Paper shredding will also be available for FREE

For a complete list of items that you can bring to CHaRM visit 

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