Two-term Cty Councilmember Wan goes into the Dec. 5 runoff with endorsement of third-place finisher in Mayoral race.
Atlanta, November 30, 2017 – Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan who led the field of three candidates to earn a spot in the runoff for Atlanta City Council President has been endorsed in the runoff by former Council President Cathy Woolard, who placed a solid third in the crowded Mayoral race.
“Alex has a firm grasp on the issues facing our City, from infrastructure and transportation to affordability and quality-of-life disparities,” Woolard says, “and has the experience and vision to spearhead sustainable solutions. His temperament, especially his approach to open, collaborative problem-solving, is crucial now, as Council will convene with half new members and will be working with a new Mayor. I’ve been City Council President and I know that, if Council cannot work together and with others, it can’t do Atlanta’s work. Alex will keep Council moving forward to the benefit of all Atlanta stakeholders.”
Woolard was the first woman to lead City Council as President, and has served as a non-profit executive and a public policy consultant.
“I am especially humbled by Cathy’s endorsement because it is her political service and genuine commitment to making a difference that initially inspired me to run for public office,” Wan says. “Both in and apart from elected office, Cathy’s clarity on both challenges and solutions continues to be an inspiration and a catalyst.”
In this race Wan has been endorsed by:
Wan also received the Committee for a Better Atlanta's highest possible ranking, "Excellent.” His score of 96 out of 100 was the highest in the field in the Council President’s race. In fact, Wan is one of the two top scorers of all candidates (who participated) across all current City political races.
“Nobody can represent the City of Atlanta without representing ALL its citizens,” Wan says, “and I'm here to advocate for all communities. I ask for the continuing support of citizens from all corners of Atlanta so we can finish the race we started. Let’s cross the finish line together when the runoff vote takes place Tuesday, December 5, so I can further mobilize Council to move Atlanta forward.”
Wan was first elected to the City Council District 6 post in 2009 and easily earned a second term in 2013 with 76 percent of the vote, both times garnering a broad base of support. He made it into the runoff with 38 percent of the vote; his closest opponent garnered 35 percent. No stranger to runoffs, Wan’s first Council run was a six-way race, which went to a runoff which he won with 60 percent of the vote.
Throughout his campaign Wan has promised to continue championing issues ranging from transportation/transit and infrastructure to quality-of-life-disparities, doubling down on tough economic oversight and further leaning into ethics, accountability, and transparency to restore trust in City Hall. He also emphasizes his temperament and leadership style, through which he can respectfully disagree as necessary, but preserving relationships so that collaboration remains an option for future dealings.
He is the first Asian American and first openly gay man to serve on Atlanta City Council. He is (currently) a director at Emory University. His resume includes experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, in addition to higher education.
Raised in Atlanta and a Morningside homeowner for over 20 years, Wan was perhaps best known before his Council win for long-time community involvement, including service on the Invest Atlanta (formerly Atlanta Development Authority) Board and founding For the Kid in All of Us, an all-volunteer non-profit serving children in need. He currently serves on Boards of Directors for the Piedmont Park Conservancy, the Little Five Points Community Improvement District (CID), and the Olmsted Linear Park Association.
He holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Finance MBA from Wharton Business School, and has completed educational programs at Dartmouth and Harvard.
The Atlanta City Council President is elected city wide, presiding at all Council meetings and voting in the event of a tie. The president of the Council also appoints chairs and members of the various committees. Council President serves as vice mayor, acting for the mayor in certain instances. The Atlanta City Council President is elected for a four-year term and takes office in January 2018.