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Kasim Reed wins second term

Kasim Reed wins second term

Kasim Reed seeks second term in Tuesday's election

Kasim Reed seeks second term in Tuesday's election

ATLANTA -- Voters in Atlanta head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to re-elect Mayor Kasim Reed.

Reed has three challengers, although his opponents have little name recognition and have not reported raising any money.

Reed is known for his strong support of President Barack Obama and his working relationship with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal on issues such as economic development.

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Reed hasn't been immune to criticism. Open government advocates have challenged Reed over a plan to use public financing to help support a new Atlanta Falcons stadium, and a group of street vendors have expressed their unhappiness since the city took steps to curtail the selling of goods on public streets.

Kasim Reed kicks off reelection campaign

Kasim Reed kicks off reelection campaign

ATLANTA -- Popular Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed kicked off his 2013 reelection campaign with a rally on the front steps of City Hall.

The 44-year-old mayor said he held Monday's event mainly to reassure everyone he has no other political ambitions despite receiving several offers.

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"I've got my dream job," the former Democratic state lawmaker said. "Sorry if people think I don't aim high enough ... my mother thinks I should be a senator by now."

"I think I make the mayor's office look sexy," Reed added with a laugh.

When asked about his plans four years from now, he said he wasn't sure.

Reed says he will seek reelection

Reed says he will seek reelection

ATLANTA -- During his fourth State of the City address, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced his intention to seek a second term in the mayor's office.

Reed began his remarks by teasing the audience about his future plans. Later in the speech, he said he had given his future considerable thought and that he would be with President Barack Obama during his visit to metro Atlanta on Thursday.

As the crowd held its collective breath, Reed laughed and said he would run again.

The audience broke into a cheering standing ovation as Reed laughed and said, "Fooled you!"

Mary Norwood nominated to Fulton Elections Board

Mary Norwood nominated to Fulton Elections Board

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Republican Party nominated former Atlanta mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Council member Mary Norwood to the Fulton County Elections Board.

She would replace William F. Riley, who resigned.

"With the resignation of our County Party stalwart and former judge, William Riley, from the Board of Elections and the ongoing investigation by the Secretary of State's office, we had to act quickly to find someone with the high caliber of intellect and ability to effect change," Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Roger Bonds said in a statement.

"Mary Norwood is just that kind of person," Bonds added. "Her background as a small business owner, community activist and former elected official gives her the political savvy and professionalism that makes her the ideal person to continue the clean-up work Riley started."

The vote on Norwood's nomination is Jan. 23.

Al Gore to speak at Carter Center

Al Gore to speak at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- Bestselling author and former U.S. vice president Al Gore will speak about his new book at the Carter Center in February.

Gore's latest book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, identifies and explains key forces that are shaping the world, including globalization, digital communications and depletion of the planet's natural resources.

He will discuss the book and answer questions at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Tickets are $30 and come with a signed copy of The Future.

To buy tickets, visit acappellabooks.com or stop by A Cappella Books, which is located at the corner of Haralson and DeKalb avenues in Inman Park.

The Carter Center is located at 441 Freedom Parkway.

Thousands of Fulton residents vote early

Thousands of Fulton residents vote early

ATLANTA -- More than 100,000 Fulton County residents have already cast their votes for the Nov. 6 election.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, 117,130 people have voted early at the county's six advance voting locations, according to unofficial data from the county's Department of Registration & Elections.

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So far, the South Fulton Annex in College Park has received the most early voters, with 27,182 people queuing up to make their voices heard. That location also recorded the longest wait times in the county, with some people standing in line for up to two hours to vote.

The Fulton County Government Center on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta has both the shortest wait time -- at 11 a.m., voters could walk right up to the polls -- and the fewest total number of voters, at 13,073.