Also nabbing “excellent” ratings were former City Council President Cathy Woolard, current City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, ex-Fulton County chair John Eaves and City Councilman Kwanza Hall.
Former city official Michael Sterling and Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms both earned “well qualified” reviews.
Four little-known candidates each were judged as unqualified by the business group. And two others – Norwood and former state Sen. Vincent Fort – did not participate.
Fort's decision was not surprising, given that he has run as a Bernie Sanders-style populist who rails against the greed of corporate tycoons. But Norwood has enjoyed support from the state's business leaders, including many who have donated to her campaign.
The candidates were surveyed on a range of questions, including plans to ensure public safety, ease traffic gridlock and narrow the income inequality gap. They were also asked their plans to protect against corruption and "pay to play" practices – an issue that's clouded the race amid a federal probe.
Dozens of candidates for City Council races also were rated. In the three-way race between a trio of councilmembers for Council President, Alex Wan and Felicia Moore both got “excellent” marks while C.T. Martin was rated as “well-qualified.”
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See a snapshot of the ratings below: