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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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Councilwoman Archibong Moves to Revive the Atlanta Housing Commission to Address Affordable Housing in the City of Atlanta

Saporta Report

By David Pendered

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

Atlanta Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong has proposed to reconstitute the Atlanta Housing Commission. The proposal is slated for debate at the Community Development Committee meeting Tuesday, which Councilwoman Archibong currently chairs.

If the committee votes to approve the measure, it could be on the agenda of the city council’s meeting on Oct. 2.

The purpose of the commission is to assist the city in developing, “an innovative citywide policy to further develop and sustain various affordable housing options,” according to the legislation.

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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 Supports Unity Rally for Diversity and Inclusion

Atlanta Daily World

By: Roz Edward, Michigan Chronicle Managing Editor

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong will join the East Atlanta Community Association and community residents for a unity rally in support of Asma Elhuni, a young Muslim American harassed in a local coffee shop in the East Atlanta Village.

Elhuni, 39, is a Georgia State University political science graduate student and a legislative intern for State Rep. Brenda Lopez. She also happens to wear a hijab.

The rally comes after a taped encounter between Elhuni and Rob Koehler of Columbus, GA, at a local coffee shop in the East Atlanta Village. As she sat at her laptop computer, Koehler began photographing Elhuni. She said that at first she tried to ignore the man. When questioned about his motives, Koehler allegedly said derogatory words to Elhuni. He also asked if she had a green card.

The rally which takes place at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, 561 Flat Shoals Ave SE., will feature special presentations, words of hope and encouragement, poetry and acknowledgements by several community leaders and stakeholders. Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, who’s council district the event will take place in, has played an integral role in supporting and creating an atmosphere of inclusiveness and tolerance in the East Atlanta community. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that incidents such as these are exposed, addressed and become a thing of the past.

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