Atlanta mayoral candidates talk issues at business forum

- Eleven of the candidates running for Mayor of Atlanta appeared at a forum Thursday morning hosted by the Committee for a Better Atlanta.

The business-focused group has evaluated candidates in city elections since 1996 and established a rating system to help inform voters.

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"You can't do everything and we're trying to get somebody's impression of what are they really going to work on in terms of what we believe are the important issues for the city," explained A.J. Robinson with the CBA.

The forum focused on economic issues such as streamlining the city permitting process as well as public safety issues like how to deal with repeat offenders.

The CBA will use information from this forum as well as candidate questionnaires and in-depth interviews to establish a score for each one. They will publish the scores around mid-September.

The general election will be held November 7 and a runoff, if needed, would be held December 5.

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