“The number one issue for everyone is crime,” he said. “That transcends race or income or educational level.”
Russell said he wants to see the Atlanta Police Department move more officers off of administrative duty and into street patrol roles to make up for shortages on the force. He said education and race relations are also priorities for his campaign.
The council president is in charge of leading meetings and becomes mayor if the mayor leaves their post. The president cannot introduce legislation, and only votes in the event of a tie.