“She lost the mayor’s race by only 700 votes in 2009,” Gerdis said. “We’re not going to let that happen again. We believe we can be a difference maker in this race.”
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, who is running to succeed Kasim Reed as mayor of Atlanta, received the endorsement Tuesday of the Progressive Firefighters of Atlanta.
Mitchell, who is president of the Atlanta City Council, was endorsed by Progressive Firefighters of Atlanta Local 134, an independent fire fighting labor group, during a press conference on the steps of City Hall.
The group, which has around 325 members, praised Mitchell for being a leader on pay equity, including helping efforts to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15, raise firefighter starting salaries to $40,000 and restructure the city’s pension plan.
“Ceasar Mitchell is the son of a police officer,” said Terrance Simon, president of Progressive Firefighters. “He understands the needs of working families. Ceasar is one of us, don’t let the suit and tie fool you.”
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