President Barack Obama Endorses Kasim Reed for Mayor of Atlanta
October 29, 2013
Says Mayor Reed has “earned” a second term
President Barack Obama today officially endorsed Kasim Reed for a second term as Mayor of Atlanta, praising Reed’s fiscal stewardship of the city, investment in young people, commitment to public safety, and efforts to improve infrastructure and create well-paying jobs and business opportunities in the city and state for all Georgians.
“For nearly four years, Mayor Reed has worked tirelessly to ensure that Atlanta remains one of our nation’s leading cities and a competitive center of commerce and culture in the Southeast,” said President Obama. “He has restored the city’s fiscal condition, reduced crime and implemented after-school programming that serves hundreds of children per week in some of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods. He has earned a second term. I look forward to partnering with him on issues of importance not only to the city of Atlanta, but also our great country.”
“I am deeply honored by President Obama’s endorsement,” said Mayor Reed. “I wake up every day humbled to serve as Mayor of the City of Atlanta. This is my dream job, and if I am fortunate enough to earn the trust of the people for a second term on November 5th, I will work hard every day to make our city better. I share President Obama’s vision for a city and nation in which we can improve the lives of working-class families. I will focus on fixing the city’s infrastructure needs, creating more jobs, addressing the challenges faced by our youth and keeping residents and visitors safe. If elected, I am eager to continue working with the President and his Administration on a progressive urban agenda.”
Mayor Reed has collaborated with President Obama and his Cabinet on several important issues during his first term. This fall, he toured the Port of Savannah with Vice President Joseph Biden, who called for expediting port improvement projects on the U.S. East Coast. In August, Mayor Reed and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner met with President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House to discuss strategies to reduce youth violence. Increasing positive opportunities for youth, and fighting juvenile crime, are top priorities for the Reed Administration and the Atlanta Police Department. Mayor Reed also met with the President at the White House last summer to discuss voting rights and national competitiveness.