Kasim Reed
American politician, mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
Kasim Reed
Mohammed Kasim Reed, known as Kasim Reed is the 59th Mayor of Atlanta, who previously represented the 35th District of the Georgia State Senate. He was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002. After serving as campaign manager for Shirley Franklin's successful 2001 Atlanta Mayoral campaign, he ran for the position in 2009 since Franklin was term limited.
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NLC President Matt Zone Creates Economic Mobility and Opportunity Task Force
Yahoo News - 3 months
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National League of Cities' (NLC) new president, Matt Zone, councilmember from Cleveland, Ohio, launched a new NLC Task Force on Economic Mobility and Opportunity at the City Summit in Pittsburgh last week. The task force is comprised of 22 local leaders across the country and will be led by its chair, Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta. Over the next year, the task force will identify recommendations for cities to address economic barriers that are keeping many families from sharing in our country's prosperity.
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Mayor and pastor's fiery debate over Trump
CNN - 5 months
Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed and Cleveland Pastor James Davis get into a fiery debate over GOP nominee Donald Trump's relationship with black voters.
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Black man found hanging in Atlanta park stirs fear and ugly memories
LATimes - 8 months
In a leafy, urban park, amid a backdrop of gleaming skyscrapers, a black man’s body was found dangling from a tree. Police officials said the incident early Thursday in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park appeared to be a suicide. The city's mayor, Kasim Reed, said evidence suggested “no foul play.” Yet the...
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Yahoo News - about 1 year
15 TO WATCH: RICK HORROW’S TOP SPORTS NEWS/ BUSINESS/ MARKETING/ENDORSEMENT ISSUES FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8 With Jamie Swimmer —The Super Bowl has some of the year’s best new advertisements packed into a three-hour window, but savvy advertisers are continually expanding beyond just TV spots. A recent Google survey found that 84% of millennials and half of people aged 35 to 50 use their mobile phones while watching the Super Bowl. With that, companies like Facebook and YouTube are competing for the top online advertisements to be featured on their sites. As a 30-second in-game Super Bowl ad now costs north of $5 million, digital content distributors are becoming ever-so-appealing to brands looking to market during the Big Game. YouTube launched its annual AdBlitz program a few weeks ago to encourage brands to post their ads early for maximum views and social network shares. Facebook Marketing Executive Matthew Idema commented on this trend and its increasing popularity. “Campaigns that ...
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THIS WEEK: Obama Cabinet Member to Highlight Entrepreneurial Development in Atlanta
Yahoo News - about 1 year
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will travel to the Atlanta following President Obama's State of the Union. She will showcase SBA and Administration efforts in providing current tools and resources for investment in entrepreneurship and small businesses. On Thursday, January 14, Contreras-Sweet will participate in a fireside chat hosted by GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, moderated by Central Atlanta Progress President A. J. Robinson. ...
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How Are Mayors Better Poised to 'Get Things Done'?
NPR - about 1 year
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says mayors are in a position to accomplish a great deal, because they're locals. They can see a city the way "people who are most in need of help see it," he says.
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Cities Prove to Be Vital Voices at Climate Talks in Paris
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ecological activism has been a way of life for myself and my family as a native Atlantan. I inherited a passion for environmental stewardship from my Dad which has been passed down to my children. Together, we've remained committed to protecting our planet and the local Atlanta community through the years. This is why I'm proud of the vital work the City of Atlanta is doing to tackle climate change. Our Mayor, Kasim Reed, was one of several U.S. mayors that stepped up as a key advocate for climate change action at the COP21, 2015 Paris Climate Conference. The goal of COP21 was to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. And for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, global consensus was reached. The Paris Accord unites all of the world's nations in a single agreement on tackling climate change for the first time in history. I was in Paris with my Dad and son, John R., to attend events held i ...
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Yahoo News - over 1 year
“15 TO WATCH” HORROW’S TOP SPORTS NEWS / DEALMAKING / BUSINESS / MARKETING / ENDORSEMENT / ISSUES FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 25, 2015 with Jamie Swimmer —-World Series opens in Kansas City. The New York Mets making the World Series is a big deal and fans in the city are treating it as such. Ticket resale services said that seats for Games 3-5 of the World Series at Citi Field are currently the costliest in baseball history with an average price of $1,667.82. When the Boston Red Sox made the World Series in 2013, the average ticket price for a game at Fenway Park was slightly less, averaging $1,660.96 for the Series. TiqIQ Director of Data & Operations Chris Matcovich said, “They are slightly more expensive than the Red Sox in 2013. The biggest reasons, I’d say, are the 15 years since their last appearance and the New York market.” TiqIQ found that the cheapest standing-room ticket for Game 3 next Friday “was $764 while the cheapest seat was $767.” These numbers are over $100 greater th ...
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Atlanta Area Braces For Dangerous Ice Storm
Huffington Post - about 3 years
ATLANTA (AP) — Emergency management workers hunkered down in Atlanta waiting to spring into action as rain — along with temperatures — fell overnight, potentially leading to "catastrophic" ice conditions forecasters said could hit the region. Already, Georgia Power was reporting more than 2,000 power outages early Wednesday throughout the state. Forecasters and officials said that number would probably grow throughout the day. In north Georgia, morning snow was falling. Other areas of the South, from Louisiana to South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic also were expected to get socked with a wintry mix of ice, snow and freezing rain. Atlanta and the surrounding region dodged the first punch of a dangerous winter storm Tuesday, but forecasters warned that the second punch would likely bring a thick layer of ice and heavy winds that could knock out power to thousands of people and leave people stranded in their cold, dark homes for days. Elected leaders and emergency management officials ...
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Atlanta Mayor Unfairly Scapegoated in Snowstorm Aftermath
Huffington Post - about 3 years
There is certainly plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the response of Atlanta metro area and state of Georgia public officials to the snowstorm that occurred last week. In the rush to blame someone in the immediate aftermath of the storm, a large portion of the media coverage appeared to paint Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed as the scapegoat for local operations throughout the entire metropolitan area of Atlanta. Reed, as he admitted on numerous occasions, could have done a better job of coordinating the staggering the timing of the closing of public and private entities in the city of Atlanta. The widespread characterization of him as being responsible for various areas and functions that are outside of his jurisdiction is incredibly unfair and inaccurate. To hold Kasim Reed accountable for the complex network of day-to-day interrelationships among the state and local governments of the entire Atlanta area is like holding the president of the United States accountable for the ...
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Atlanta mayor's use of emergency lanes questioned
USA Today - about 3 years
Mayor Kasim Reed used the lanes while thousands were stuck in gridlock.
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Mayor Kasim Reed announces plans to improve in storms
Buckhead 11 Alive - about 3 years
Mayor Kasim Reed spoke to the Atlanta Press Club Friday afternoon, announcing major plans to restructure the way the city handles events like this weeks winter storm.
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Mayor Reed: Atlanta is up and running
CNN - about 3 years
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed responds to criticism of how Georgia leaders responded to the winter storm that hit the area.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kasim Reed
  • 2015
    Age 45
    In June 2015, Reed praised the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage and ordered Atlanta City Hall to be lit in rainbow colors in celebration of what he called "a momentous victory for freedom, equality, and love."
    More Details Hide Details Along with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Reed was a major proponent of a campaign for a transportation special-purpose local-option sales tax, which would have levied a 1% local sales tax for ten years, from 2013 until 2022, to fund transportation infrastructure projects. Reed said that the passage of the referendum would add jobs and alleviate congestion in the city, while "failing to pass the measure would be economically damaging" for Atlanta. The proposal was defeated in a referendum, however. Reed stated that he would "work with opponents on the next plan to ease congestion." Reed came to national attention for his support of the candidacy of Hillary Clinton for the U.S. Democratic Party nomination for president. A column published under his name on CNN.com saying that Clinton's main opponent was "out of step" with Democrats was written by Tharon Johnson, a lobbyist for the UnitedHealth Group, Honda, MGM Resorts International and other corporate clients. It was then edited by Correct the Record, a Clinton-supporting Super PAC, before publication.
    In January 2015, Reed fired Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran following Cochran's self-publication and distribution of a book without permission from Reed or the City's Ethics Department.
    More Details Hide Details However, Cochran did obtain permission from Nina Hickson, the City of Atlanta's Ethics Officer. The book, in expressing his interpretation of Christian teaching, describes homosexuality as a "perversion." Cochran wrote and self-published the book in 2013. There remain questions regarding whether Mayor Reed knew of the book and its contents before Cochran was fired. Cochran has since filed suit in federal court alleging wrongful termination.
  • 2013
    Age 43
    He was elected to a second term on November 5, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Since the 1990s, the official State Flag of Georgia had been a center of controversy as it incorporated the historic Confederate flag dating to the American Civil War, which among some people is thought to symbolize resistance to cultural changes in the state. After 2001 changes to the flag which removed this, Governor of Georgia Roy Barnes, who had led the flag-redesign effort, was defeated for re-election; many thought it was the result of the political backlash. The 1956 version with the Confederate States of America battle emblem, known as a St. Andrew's cross, was a continuing topic of debate for southern heritage proponents. Reed served as one of Governor Sonny Perdue's floor leaders in debates that led to the ratification of the current (2003) version of the state flag. Reed's leadership in dealmaking with Senate Republicans kept the 1956 version of the flag off Perdue's statewide referendum on the flag in 2003. The referendum was originally a two-part referendum pitting the 2001 version of the flag against the proposed version and conditional on failed ratification of a new flag considering other flags including the 1956 version. Under this format if the legislators did not approve the newly designed flag over the existing one they could have pursued other designs including the one with the controversial 1956 version of the flag. Reed and a contingent of black legislators from Atlanta limited the referendum to a single vote of preference between the 2003 version and the 2001 version.
    Reed announced his campaign for re-election as mayor on August 26, 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 42
    In December 2012, however, Reed announced his support for marriage equality for same-sex couples.
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  • 2010
    Age 40
    Reed took office on January 4, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas Friedman has praised Reed in the New York Times for balancing the city's budget by limiting the pensions of city employees. This money was instead spent on the police force, as well as on community centers in poor neighborhoods (rather than on reversing the 42% increase in property taxes passed in 2009). He praises Reed as "combining a soft touch with a hard head."
    Inaugurated on January 4, 2010, Reed was elected to a second term in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Reed was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, but his family moved to Fulton County, Georgia, when he was an infant. He was born and raised in a United Methodist household. His father had considered converting to Islam around the time Kasim was born, during the early years of desegregation, and named his son Mohammed Kasim, to the consternation of his minister grandfather. Reed graduated from Fulton County's Utoy Springs Elementary School and Westwood High School, now Westlake High School. According to a DNA analysis, he is a descendant through African ancestral lines from the Igbo people of Nigeria. Reed attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1991 with a degree in political science. Students took over the Howard administration building in 1989, protesting having Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater on the university's board of trustees, saying that he had contributed to "growing anti-black sentiment in America" through his management of President George H.W. Bush's campaign. Atwater resigned from the board. Reed disagreed with their action, saying there was nothing wrong with having the Republican Party try to win the votes of black students. He felt it would have been better if Atwater had met with the protesting students, as he might have learned more about their position. For instance, "he might have gained insight into a generation of students portrayed as destitute and in need of more federal support."
  • 2009
    Age 39
    In the November 3, 2009 election, Reed qualified for a December 1 runoff election against Mary Norwood.
    More Details Hide Details According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reed had a winning majority in the runoff election that seemed destined to be contested by a recount. The New York Times described the race as too close to call with 98 to 99 percent of the votes counted and Reed leading by only 620 of the 84,000 votes cast. On December 9 after the completion of a recount Reed was declared the winner by a margin of 714 votes, after which Mary Norwood officially conceded.
    On May 21, 2009, Reed caused controversy in Atlanta's LGBT community when he stated that he supported civil unions for gays, but not gay marriage.
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    After Franklin was term limited from the mayor's office, Reed successfully ran for the position in 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 38
    In March 2008, Reed announced an exploratory committee, named ONE Atlanta, to investigate his viability as a candidate in the 2009 Atlanta mayoral election.
    More Details Hide Details Two-term incumbent Mayor Franklin was term limited and could not run again. His exploratory committee announcement was coupled with an announcement that he would be pursuing a Hillary Clinton-style coalition-building tour. During the summer of 2008, ONE Atlanta announced that the exploratory committee had become a formal campaign committee. On September 1 Reed resigned from the Georgia Senate to run for mayor. No candidate won a majority in the November 3 general election, and Donzella James defeated Torrey O. Johnson in the runoff election on December 1 to replace Reed.
    A month before the February 5, 2008 Super Tuesday Georgia Democratic primary, Reed endorsed Barack Obama.
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  • 2006
    Age 36
    In January 2006, Reed introduced a bill to authorize scholastic teaching of the textbook The Bible and Its Influence by the non-partisan, ecumenical Bible Literacy Project.
    More Details Hide Details The bible curriculum bill, which came a few years after Democrats opposed Republican attempts to promote teaching a translation of the scriptures, was an attempt to preempt a Republican attempt to display the Ten Commandments in schools. Faith is an area where Georgia Democrats differ from the national party. The bill passed in the State Senate by a 50 - 1 margin on February 3, and it eventually became law. Reed's committee assignments were the following: Senate Judiciary Committee, Special Judiciary Committee, Ethics Committee, Transportation Committee and the State and Local Government Operations Committee. He also serves as vice-chairman of the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus. He has also served the Georgia Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as its chairman. In addition, he was a partner at Holland & Knight LLP. Previously, he worked in the music industry for Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.
  • 2004
    Age 34
    He ran unopposed in the November 2, 2004 general election, and he also ran unopposed in his 2006 and 2008 primary and general elections.
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    In 2004 James challenged Reed for the seat she had held before him, but he won the July 20, 2004 Democratic primary election by a 58.8% - 41.2% margin.
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  • 2002
    Age 32
    Reed won the district's five-way primary on August 20, 2002, with 65.8% of the vote, and then he was uncontested in the November 5, 2002 general election.
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    When Reed first ran for election in the 35 state senate district in the 2002 Democratic primary, it included 19 precincts in Douglas County, Georgia, and 333 in Fulton County.
    More Details Hide Details The district includes the southern portion of Fulton County (Atlanta, Alpharetta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Union City) and the northeast portion of Douglas County (Douglasville, and Lithia Springs).
  • 2001
    Age 31
    Mayor Reed's civic leadership and service have been nationally recognized in publications such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Ebony, and Black Enterprise. He was selected as one of Georgia Trend magazine's "40 under 40 Rising Stars" in 2001, one of "10 Outstanding Atlantans" in Outstanding Atlanta, a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2000, and a Board Member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. 2011, he received an honorary degree in Doctor of Laws from Oglethorpe University.
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    While in office, in 2001 Reed served as the campaign manager in Shirley Franklin's successful election campaign to become the 58th Mayor of Atlanta.
    More Details Hide Details As a campaign manager in an election occurring in the shadow of the September 11 attacks, he surveyed potential voters' perceptions of the propriety of the campaign's advertising broadcasts. At the time certain ads were thought to focus on sensitive topics. After winning the election, Franklin chose Reed as one of two co-chairs on her transition team. In this role he was charged with identifying and reviewing candidates for cabinet-level positions. In the 2000 election the 52nd House district had been entirely contained in Fulton County. After the decennary redistricting, the district by this number was entirely within DeKalb County, Georgia, in the November 5, 2002 election, which was won by Fran Millar. In 2000 the 35th Georgia State Senate District was entirely contained in Fulton County, and State Senator Donzella James was an uncontested Democrat in the November 7 general election. In 2002 four-term incumbent Senator James vacated the seat and contested David Scott and an other contenders for the Georgia's 13th congressional district, which was created after the 2000 census when Georgia added two new congressional districts.
    He served as campaign manager for Shirley Franklin's successful Atlanta mayoral campaign in 2001.
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  • 2000
    Age 30
    In the November 7, 2000 general election, he ran unopposed.
    More Details Hide Details In the House of Representatives, he represented a predominately African-American constituency in south Atlanta. Reed served as a member of the House Judiciary, Education, and Congressional and Legislative Reapportionment Committees.
    Reed ran a re-election campaign in 2000, when he was challenged by Clarence Canty, the son of Henrietta Canty, contested the seat, Reed won the July 18, 2000 Democratic primary by a large margin, with 77.0%&ndash of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details He won by a 12.7% margin.
  • 1998
    Age 28
    In 1998 Henrietta Canty (1975–80, 1990–98), resigned her Georgia House of Representatives 52nd district seat to run for Georgia State Insurance Commissioner.
    More Details Hide Details Seven candidates vied for her seat in the July 21, 1998 Democratic primary election. Reed was the leading vote-getter with 36.6% of the vote, finishing well ahead of community leaders Horace Mann Bond and Eric V. Thomas, the second and third-place finishers, respectively. This resulted in a head-to-head August 11 run-off election, which Reed won with 60.6% of the vote, against the second-place finisher, Horace Mann Bond II, who had received 19.1% of the vote in July. Reed ran unopposed in the November 3 general election and won the Assembly seat.
  • 1995
    Age 25
    He earned his juris doctorate from Howard University School of Law in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002 Reed was appointed as the youngest General Trustee to serve on Howard's Board of Trustees and continues to serve on that board. After graduation from law school Reed joined the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, and later became a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, an international law firm with offices in Atlanta.
  • 1991
    Age 21
    Reed earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1991.
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  • 1990
    Age 20
    In 1990 he was invited to comment on the Persian Gulf War military buildup on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.
    More Details Hide Details Also, in November of that year he was featured in Black Enterprise. While at college, Reed interned for Congressman Joseph Patrick Kennedy II. During his internship he learned about a federal dollar-for-dollar matching grant program. In his senior year and as the undergraduate trustee on the University's Board of Trustees, he instituted a $15-per-semester student fee increase to be matched by the federal grant, with monies to be earmarked for the university's endowment. The fees were expected to total nearly $300,000 per semester. The estimate was conservative in the sense that it only assumes the fees from slightly more than 75% of the 12,000 students. The four-year totals would approach a $2.4 million addition to the endowment.
  • 1989
    Age 19
    An early entrepreneur, by 1989 Reed made $40,000 running a jewelry business which he started at age sixteen.
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  • 1969
    Born on June 10, 1969.
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