Borders, Norwood and Reed declined to answer a question defining one another’s weaknesses.
“That is something for you all to figure out,” Norwood said.
The actual period for candidates to fill out paperwork and pay $4,425 to run for mayor begins Aug. 31 and ends Sept. 4.
Here’s a sample of some remarks made by each candidate at Thursday night’s Atlanta mayoral debate:
- City Council President Lisa Borders on a program that helps more cops live in the city: "No one is going to break in your home when a police officer lives next door."
- Tiffany Brown, a business owner, on having the downtown Ambassador Force serve as auxiliary officers: "They can be the eyes and ears of the police department."
- Peter Brownlowe, a former Atlanta police officer, on reorganizing city government: "It's a machine that's broken."
- Rod Mack, who works in logistics, on his support for casino gambling: "We can recover some of [the gambling money going elsewhere] and stop taxing people to death."
- Councilwoman Mary Norwood on her reluctance to hire a police chief not from Atlanta: "It takes them a long time for them to figure out where Adamsville is, where Moores Mills is and Browns Mill is."
- State Sen. Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta) on recreation centers: "We have to open up the recreation centers, and more than that, we have to turn them into centers of hope."
- Duvwon Robinson, a community activist, on demanding churches assist in community improvement efforts: "In 100 days, you are going to help or pack up and get out."
- Jesse Spikes, an attorney, on the key to bringing new businesses to Atlanta: "The main thing is to make it a safe, clean city people want to enjoy."
- Glenn Thomas, former city employee, on wasted city revenue he said Borders and Norwood didn't stop: "The city is not broke. The leadership is."