Atlanta (WAOK/AJC) — The race for Atlanta City Council has developed into more than just a simple run for election for the seat. The campaigns of Andre Dickens and H. Lamar Willis have turned into a heated war of words between former Mayor Shirley Franklin and current Mayor Kasim Reed.

Franklin, who backs Andre Dickens, recently scrutinized H. Lamar Willis in a news conference for questionable ethics and morals, citing that he is disbarred from being an attorney for not turning over the settlement money for a child’s injuries as well as running a questionable charity.

Willis gave scathing comment regarding Franklin during a press conference outside of City Hall, making statements against Franklin and the harboring of a son-in-law accused of drug dealing, in addition to violating campaign rules by mentioning the names of her son and daughter. Shots from Willis’ campaign have been thrown at Franklin earlier in the year after her public endorsement of Andre Dickens, who is running against Willis. Atlanta residents received automated phone calls saying “Shame on Shirley”.

Many Atlanta residents are under the belief that Reed knew of the smear of Franklin that Willis would undertake, due to her remarks about Willis when she endorsed Dickens, stating that he “offers an alternative to an incumbent whose questionable ethical judgement has been well documented.” Last week Mayor Reed declined to discuss the bickering between Willis and Franklin.

Written By Sherman H. Smith Jr (WAOK/Intern)


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