Atlanta mayoral candidates Sharon Gay, Kasim Reed debut campaign ads

07/21/2021 — Atlanta, Georgia —Former Atlanta Mayor and current Atlanta mayoral candidate Kaism Reed, left, is greeted by Atlanta mayoral candidate Sharon Gay before the start of the second Atlanta mayoral forum at The Works Upper Westside Atlanta in Atlanta’s Underwood Hills community, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal Constitution)
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07/21/2021 — Atlanta, Georgia —Former Atlanta Mayor and current Atlanta mayoral candidate Kaism Reed, left, is greeted by Atlanta mayoral candidate Sharon Gay before the start of the second Atlanta mayoral forum at The Works Upper Westside Atlanta in Atlanta’s Underwood Hills community, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal Constitution)

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Two candidates for mayor of Atlanta debuted their first television ads of the race, just hours apart from each other Tuesday as the clock ticks on toward the Nov. 2 election.

Attorney Sharon Gay’s campaign put $300,000 behind an ad meant to introduce her to the city’s voters. Entitled “Heart,” the 30-second video credits Gay’s work with the housing industry for the West Highlands development that replaced Perry Homes, “a housing project full of violent crime and drugs,” according to resident David Patton in the video.

“These homes went up and crime dropped. At the heart of it, Sharon was fighting inequity,” Patton said.

Meanwhile, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s campaign dropped nearly $590,000 on a 30-second video entitled “Atlanta Can’t Wait.”

The ad shows several people vouching for Reed’s experience in addressing crime. It also shows Reed promising to train hundreds of officers “in a post-George Floyd way.”

“We will implement a plan on day one that will get crime under control within 18 months. During that process I will work with neighborhood leaders across the city to make Atlanta safe,” Reed said in a statement Tuesday.

The June 30 financial disclosures showed that Gay and Reed exceeded a million dollars in fundraising.

City Councilman Antonio Brown, Councilman Andre Dickens, Kirsten Elise Dunn, Nolan English, Mark Hammad, Kenny Hill, Rebecca King, Council President Felicia Moore, Walter Reeves, Roosevelt Searles III, Richard Wright and Glenn Wrightson are also running to replace Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

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