Atlanta, GA, November 10, 2017 –(PR.com)– Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan, who led the field of three candidates to earn a spot in the runoff for Atlanta City Council President, announced just after the Nov. 7 election that he is opening a campaign headquarters at 591 N. Highland Ave NE (Atlanta 30307).
The spot is directly across from Manuel’s Tavern, which has long served as a meeting spot for Atlanta candidates and political movements. Before Team Wan made the former home (now zoned commercial) its headquarters, the building served the same purpose for Cathy Woolard’s Mayoral bid. The runoff election is Tuesday, December 5.
“The runoff is somewhat of a sprint, with a lot to do in a short period of time,” Wan says, “so it’s important that we have a spot where campaign staff, voters and volunteers, from phone bankers to canvassers and neighborhood leaders from across the City, can convene, as well as pick up and drop off all of the various parts a campaign entails.”
He says everything related to his campaign headquarters is being added to his website, www.AlexWanForAtlanta.com, from directions to events and hours.
“I ask for the continuing support of citizens from all corners of Atlanta so we can finish the race we started,” Wan says. “Let’s cross the finish line together when the runoff vote takes place Tuesday, December 5, so I can further mobilize Council to move Atlanta forward.”
He was first elected to the City Council District 6 post in 2009 and easily earned a second term in 2013 with 76 percent of the vote, both times garnering a broad base of support. He made it into the runoff with 38 percent of the vote; his closest opponent garnered 35 percent. No stranger to runoffs, Wan’s first Council run was a six-way race, which went to a runoff which he won with 60 percent of the vote.
Throughout his campaign Wan has promised to continue championing issues ranging from transportation/transit and infrastructure to quality-of-life-disparities, doubling down on tough economic oversight and further leaning into ethics, accountability, and transparency to restore trust in City Hall. He also emphasizes his temperament and leadership style, through which he can respectfully disagree as necessary, but preserving relationships so that collaboration remains an option for future dealings.
In this race Wan has been endorsed by:
– The Buckhead Coalition,
– RPAC (which represents both the Atlanta Board of Realtors and Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors),
– Georgia Equality,
– Georgia Log Cabin Republicans,
– Georgia Stonewall Democrats, and
– The Victory Fund.
He also received the Committee for a Better Atlanta's highest possible ranking, "Excellent.” His score of 96 out of 100 was the highest in the field in the Council President’s race. In fact, Wan is one of the two top scorers of all candidates (who participated) across all current City political races.
Wan is the first Asian American and first openly gay man to serve on Atlanta City Council. He is (currently) a director at Emory University. His resume includes experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, in addition to higher education.
Raised in Atlanta and a Morningside homeowner for over 20 years, Wan was perhaps best known before his Council win for long-time community involvement, including service on the Invest Atlanta (formerly Atlanta Development Authority) Board and founding For the Kid in All of Us, an all-volunteer non-profit serving children in need. He currently serves on Boards of Directors for the Piedmont Park Conservancy, the Little Five Points Community Improvement District (CID), and the Olmsted Linear Park Association.
He holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Finance MBA from Wharton Business School, and has completed educational programs at Dartmouth and Harvard.
The Atlanta City Council President is elected city wide, presiding at all Council meetings and voting in the event of a tie. The president of the Council also appoints chairs and members of the various committees. Council President serves as vice mayor, acting for the mayor in certain instances. The Atlanta City Council President is elected for a four-year term and takes office in January 2018.
For more information about Wan and his campaign: www.AlexWanForAtlanta.com.
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