Group gives high ratings to five Atlanta mayor candidates

- Five mayoral hopefuls earned "excellent" scores in a new ranking.

Monday the Committee For A Better Atlanta unveiled their rankings of the candidates for Atlanta Mayor, City Council, and City Council President.

The CBA is a non-partisan coalition of business and community organizations that has been involved in the political process since 1996.

The group held candidate forums in May, crafted detailed questionnaires for the candidates to complete in August and hosted private, in-person interviews with them in September.

"Over a thousand hours we spent," explained Kenyatta Mitchell with Waste Management.  "It's a clear, transparent process that is, I think, a comprehensive idea of what the community, whether it be business, whether it be civic, whether it be residents, feel about this election."

The questions for the candidates centered around their experience as well as topics from transportation to homelessness to ethics to public safety.

Peter Aman was the top-ranked mayoral candidate, scoring a 96. He was followed closely by Cathy Woolard with a 94, Ceasar Mitchell with a 92, John Eaves with a 91 and Kwanza Hall with a 90. Vincent Fort and Mary Norwood did not participate and received scores of zero.

"Every candidate had an opportunity. So, not just the candidates that you typically hear from--you know, usually a top eight you hear from all the time. It's every candidate. So, there may be someone who doesn't get a lot of press, who doesn't have a lot of money who's able to break through in this process," said Mitchell.

Members of the CBA said while these scores represent a comprehensive process, they still encourage voters to do more before deciding who to support.

"We kind of highlighted what we believe, but go look for yourselves," said Morgan Doyle of GDP Technologies. "Look at the questionnaires. Go make a valuable opinion for yourself and go research more if you want to." 

To find the full candidate questionnaires, visit cbatl.org.

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