Businessman Antonio Brown will be sworn in as Atlanta’s District 3 councilman on Monday, city officials announced.
Brown beat former Atlanta Public Schools board member Byron Amos in a surprise victory Tuesday with 53.26 percent of the vote. He had 669 votes to Amos’ 587, according to online Fulton County election results.
Brown, 34, will fill the seat left vacant when Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr. died late last year. The win was somewhat of an upset after finishing second to Amos in the special election last month that included 10 candidates.
Brown will be tasked with building on Young’s legacy for Atlanta’s Westside and expanding the area without displacing residents. His win could shift the balance of power on the council as he has vowed to bring an “independent perspective” to the 16-member body.
The third of 11 children, Brown said he grew up in poverty and understands the district’s needs and wants to address affordable housing and food deserts.
“We need to look at the issue that 8 percent of residents own their homes and most (residents) are dealing with rent-control issues,” Brown told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.
The swearing in ceremony will be held 12:30 p.m. Monday at Atlanta City Hall on 55 Trinity Avenue.
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