Grow­ing At­lanta fur­ther

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that his 20-stu­dent po­lit­i­cal science class hadn’t seen a tele­vised at­tack ad that took over news chan­nels dur­ing the elec­tion sea­son.

“If you were watch­ing news shows you were go­ing to see it, but the fact that they didn’t [see it] un­der­scored the fact that they didn’t watch TV. If you want to reach the mil­len­nial vot­ers, you’ll prob­a­bly have to go to so­cial me­dia,” he said.

Though hav­ing a cam­paign of­fice and man­ager can be im­por­tant parts of run­ning for of­fice, Bul­lock said can­di­dates must not “spend too heav­ily” in that re­gard.

“In­ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paigns, that’s how they dig them­selves into a hole,” he said. “It comes time to get the mes­sage out, and [the money] has all been sunk into ameni­ties.”

Wan wouldn’t re­veal his cam­paign bud­get to Ge­or­gia Voice, but did say he plans to stick to a fairly tra­di­tional strat­egy. In a lot of ways, this race will be sim­i­lar to ones he’s won be­fore, just on a grander scale.

“Now, be­yond talk­ing about one dis­trict, we’re talk­ing about the city as a whole and talk­ing to peo­ple city-wide,” Wan said. “I think the cost of a city-wide cam­paign is very dif­fer­ent and a lot larger.”

Wan also has an ac­tive con­tri­bu­tions re­port for Dis­trict 6, but said those funds can only be used in the dis­trict and can­not be used for the coun­cil pres­i­dent cam­paign.

“I have been us­ing those to make dona­tions, event tick­ets and other mi­nor ex­penses,” he said.

One of Wan’s main mo­ti­va­tions for run­ning this year is that he’s still got a lot to give, and feels he can make broader progress on his ideas and im­prove­ments from the pres- idency than a Coun­cil seat. Giv­ing is also a rea­son Rich wants his name on the bal­lot.

“I’ve done well in my life and At­lanta’s the rea­son I’ve done well. It’s been a city that gave back more than I could be given,” Rich said. “I saw first­hand that there just aren’t peo­ple within the city’s struc­ture that re­ally do com­pletely un­der­stand how to speak to a de­vel­oper and to un­der­stand kind of the com­plex­i­ties of what they do.”

Ac­cord­ing to his cam­paign lit­er­a­ture, White­side’s pri­or­i­ties in­clude pro­tect­ing the LGBT com­mu­nity’s rights, HIV pre­ven­tion and end­ing the much-dis­cussed cor­rup­tion at City Hall. Bakhtiari plans to fight for the de­vel­op­ing East­side com­mu­nity and eco­nomic equal­ity for all of her con­stituents, as well as im­proved in­fra­struc­ture.

Wan said though it’s a turn­ing point mo­ment to have the LGBT com­mu­nity well-rep­re­sented in mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, he can’t wait for the day when it’s not a novel oc­cur­rence.

“I think it speaks vol­umes that we have so many can­di­dates run­ning this year. [At­lanta may­oral can­di­date] Cathy Woolard was the first to be elected in Ge­or­gia and she was the only one. And now you have can­di­date up and down the bal­lot seek­ing of­fice,” he said. “I think that shows a lot of progress.”

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