2021 City of Atlanta Endorsements

After reading through dozens of questionnaire responses, conducting hours of forums, and taking the vote to our members, Neighbors for More Neighbors - Metro Atlanta is thrilled to announce our 2021 City of Atlanta endorsements!

These candidates exemplify what we need for the City of Atlanta - to create an inclusive, compassionate, and sustainable Atlanta, and they are able and willing to sweat the details to get us there.

Amir Farokhi for District 2

On Council, Amir Farokhi has already demonstrated true leadership by sponsoring important zoning reform legislation, which will increase housing choice near transit.

"I'm a big fan of increasing housing supply through density and diversifying housing types as a primary tool for addressing our affordability challenges."

Erika Estrada for District 3

Erika Estrada demonstrates strong support of our legislative priorities. She has shown strong support of ADUs and other forms of missing-middle housing, in particular, with specific solutions to overcome our City's housing challenges.

"I am in favor and interested in legislation recently introduced around ADU's. This is a form of home construction that I think is underutilized but could be very helpful in increasing supply."

Jason dozier for District 4

In addition to sharing our broad values regarding protecting legacy residents from displacement while providing new residents with homes of their own, Jason Dozier very much sweats the details. He champions straightforward, commonsense solutions to our housing shortage while identifying creative, District 4-specific solutions.

"I support land use and zoning changes that would allow for more residents to live in communities of their choice. Housing policy in Atlanta is centered on one of two extremes--low-density, single-family detached homes on one hand, and giant 500-unit, multi-family complexes on the other. So not only are many of us competing for the same housing stock, we’re having to settle for options that don’t align well with our lifestyles or needs. Not every family wants to live in a 2,500 square foot house in West End, and not every family wants to live in a 600-unit apartment building in Midtown. Our land use policies limit our housing choices, forcing all of us to compete for the same limited housing stock."

Liliana Bakhtiari for District 5

Liliana Bakhtiari displays a deep commitment to specific action to advance housing abundance, an understanding of the nuances in balancing protections for legacy residents with creating opportunity for new residents, and a willingness to invest in deep community engagement throughout her campaign.

"We have an urgent need to protect our long-time homeowners, while providing real opportunity for first-time homebuyers and renters, who often cannot afford to live in neighborhoods with the greatest opportunity. Through strategic zoning and regulatory reform, dedicated funding streams, and leveraging city-owned properties, we can build a city that supports families at every income level."

Jason Hudgins for District 10

Jason Hudgins matches his pro-housing ideology with action. Jason is deeply committed to pushing forward zoning reform, exemplified by his own past work to increase both market rate and affordable housing development in his neighborhood.

"I believe increasing the types of housing that can be built by-right is the best option to integrate more density into existing neighborhoods. When many of the residents of the 10th District hear density they envision large scale developments with hundreds of units. This is an option that creates density while also showing that it can be integrated into all communities, even historic ones."

Courtney English for President

Courtney English has a deep understanding of the root causes of our housing crisis and the lack of affordability. He works hard, within and outside of government, to ensure all Atlantans will be stably housed.

"Zoning is perhaps one of the biggest levers that we can actually pull to increase the amount of affordability we have... We need to incentivize more transit oriented development, particularly in underserved communities, because we know transit is a barrier to affordability, but also is a gateway that creates access to jobs, creates access to amenities and other things that are necessary to create whole vibrant."