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ATL Mayor’s Race: Reed raises $1M in first 20 days of campaign

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By Itoro N. Umontuen | The Atlanta Voice

Thursday morning, the Kasim Reed for Atlanta campaign office announced the former mayor raised more than $1 million in 20 days. According to Anne Torres, Reed’s Director of Communications, the 59th Mayor of Atlanta raised $550,000 in the 24 hours after announcing his candidacy on June 10. 

“I have long viewed Atlanta as a tapestry of communities and neighborhoods whose diverse residents are its strongest asset. Over the years, we have seen Black, Latinx, AAPI, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, White, young and old all living in one place and working to accomplish a common goal — to keep building on our prosperous international city that is universally recognized as the economic and cultural engine of the Southeast, where opportunity thrives and where everyone has a shot at realizing their dreams,” said Reed. 

Reed served as Mayor from 2010-2018. Reed is vying to become the second mayor after Maynard H. Jackson to secure a third term in the last sixty years. 

“But that tapestry has been frayed now and needs to be restored. Atlanta needs to be loved and rebuilt in a safe and trusting manner, where every voice is heard and where everyone feels safe to go about their lives, no matter their zip code. Today’s announcement is a testament that the voters in our city believe I am the best person for the job. When I am elected for a third term, I will get to work on day one to tackle our most pressing issues and make Atlanta a city everyone can feel proud to call home.” 

Wednesday night, Reed held a fundraiser at City Tap in Midtown Atlanta. Despite entering the race later than every other competitor, the Reed campaign says they have out-raised the field of mayoral candidates in less than one month. 

This article originally appeared in The Atlanta Voice.