Yesterday was a victory for good government.
In Atlanta, Democratic Mayor Kasim Reed lost his bid to appoint a failed politician who has been disbarred by the State Bar of Georgia for taking $30,000 intended for an injured child to a position of public trust.
For several days we’ve told you about Mayor Reed’s planned appointment of disbarred former Atlanta City Councilman Lamar Willis. You took action, and it was your actions that made the difference!
This is great news for the City of Atlanta and for anyone who believes government should work for all of us.
We learned a couple of lessons from the past week:
1). Good government is bipartisan
Better Georgia launched a campaign against Mayor Reed’s appointment because public trust is important everywhere — and in both parties. We will hold elected officials of both political parties to higher standards. Democrats and Republicans should aim higher than making crony appointments. There are too many amazing people in Georgia to appoint people who aren’t qualified for the job.
2). You can have a positive impact on your government when you pay attention and talk to your elected officials
More than 700 people signed our petition to encourage a No vote. Each of those signatures generated emails to Mayor Reed and every member of City Council. More than 200 people called their city council members to encourage a No vote. And scores of you sent personal emails to city council members to urge a No vote. In the end, we all win.
Now that we’ve won, there are two things you can do today:
1). Send a note thanking Ceasar Mitchell: email@example.com
As promised, last night’s vote was so close that it required Council President Ceasar Mitchell to break a tie. Send him a note to say thanks for voting for good government. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know that Atlanta supports those who support good government.
2). Drop a few coins in the Better Georgia bucket
Our work is effective but it’s not free. We wish that every Georgia citizen would take action without our prompting but it just doesn’t work that way. Instead, it costs money to inform and engage constituents.
By giving just $8 today, you will make sure Better Georgia is ready for the next fight.
Time and time again, we’ve proven that when voters get the facts, they will act.
And those actions make all the difference.