Rinker has lived in Atlanta since 2004, when he moved from the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. He graduated from Longwood University in Farmville, Va., where he studied English and communications. In campaign materials, Rinker said unsafe streets, underfunded schools and a park system in need of new leadership are among the reasons he chose to run against Archibong, who was first elected to the council in 2001.
“I’m running for Atlanta City Council because for nearly a decade I’ve watched our great city excel in some areas, and flounder in others,” Rinker said in a statement. “We can and must do more to help Atlanta live up to its full potential.”