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July 21, 2021

Atlanta’s mayoral candidates address crime concerns at second forum

AJC: An hour hadn’t even passed during Atlanta’s second mayoral forum before one of the five candidates threw shade at his competitors.

“Corruption is a crime … We can’t have a mayor that can fight crime in the city of Atlanta when they’re facing federal investigation,” City Councilman Andre Dickens said, eliciting “oohs” in the audience.

Dickens was actually referring to two of his opponents — former mayor Kasim Reed, whose administration has been subject to a years-long federal corruption investigation, is personally under a federal grand jury investigation for alleged wire fraud; and Councilman Antonio Brown is under a federal fraud indictment for incidents that allegedly occurred before he won office.

The forum — moderated by Lisa Rayam of NPR’s “Morning Edition” — was hosted by the Upper Westside Improvement District, Northwest Community Alliance, and the Works development in the Upper Westside.

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