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Atlanta mayoral candidate Kasim Reed recently spoke exclusively with Shelley Wynter, co-host of "Word On the Street" on WSB Radio.

Reed, right, posed with Wynter, left, and his co-host, MalaniKai Massey, while attending a Frank Ski forum with other candidates at WHUR 96.3.

Reed discussed Atlanta's crime rate and his vision for Atlanta's future in his interview with Wynter.

When Wynter told Reed he was 23.5% "within a margin" of City Council President and mayoral candidate Felicia Moore, Reed corrected him.

"I'm not within the margin, I'm in first place," Reed said confidently. "I'm winning this race for mayor with 47 days left to go."

"Y'all done had two public polls now," he added, "and both of them have me in first place. And I'm very grateful to the people of Atlanta for giving me fair consideration."

Wynter asked: "What about the undecideds? Does that concern you any?"

"It doesn't concern me one bit," said Reed. "Any politician that tells you they don't want to be in first place isn't telling you the truth."

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Wynter and Massey posed with other mayoral candidates who trail Reed in the mayoral race.

Listen to the interview below.
 

 

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Kasim Reed said the high level of crime and violence in Atlanta is a "national embarrassment", and he plans to crack down on crime if he is reelected mayor.

Reed is seeking reelection as mayor of Atlanta on Nov. 2. His first two terms as mayor began in 2010.

The mayoral candidate spoke by phone with Audacity Atlanta's Maria Boynton during the Grand Opening of his campaign headquarters at 568 14th Street in northwest Atlanta.

Reed says the level of crime and violence is "tearing Atlanta apart". He added, "right now 20 percent of the citizens of Atlanta want to leave the city."

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Reed has raised over $2 million for his campaign so far. His campaign continues hosting high-profile events, including a private reception and fundraiser hosted by attorney Precious Anderson (pictured) at her Atlanta home on Wednesday.

Reed told the invited guests that if he is reelected, he plans to hire 750 new police officers.

He also told the intimate gathering that he is going to make sure women feel safer and that people in general feel safer in Atlanta.

Also, he will reopen City Hall where workers will be accessible to the residents of Atlanta.

He also discussed his plan to make more women millionaires through his Women Entrepreneurship Initiative that he started when he was mayor.

Some Atlantans say they hope Reed will make the Katherine Janness case a top priority when he's reelected mayor.

Katherine Janness and her dog, Bowie, were brutally stabbed in Piedmont Park on June 28. Their bodies were discovered by Janness' girlfriend, Emma Clark, about 50 yards inside the 10th Street gate just after 1 a.m.

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"There was a slice on her face, like in an X pattern on her face," said Clark, pictured right. "And there was a deep cut to her throat; it was cut all the way to the bone."

Janness, 40, had been stabbed multiple times and a word was carved into her body.

"It's a very frightening crime," Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis told The Washington Post.

Evidence suggests the killer spent time with the body after the murder.

"And that is strange," Willis said. "Most people commit a murder and want to get the hell away because they don't want to be caught."

Janness' killing stood out among the city's 110 homicides this year. She was Atlanta's first white homicide victim of 2021.

Willis, who started the job in January, faced a daunting backlog of 12,000 arrests from last year that have not resulted in formal charges.

Most of the city's homicides are committed by repeat offenders who were released from jail early due to overcrowding and staffing issues.

The city has convened 2 grand juries to sift through the evidence and return indictments. However, Willis said it could take "years" to clear the backlog of criminal cases.

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Former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has officially entered Atlanta's mayoral race for a historic third term.

Reed, who left the mayor's office under suspicion of corruption in 2017, is running again after serving as mayor for eight years.

He is pictured with Atlanta's current Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a photo dated October 4, 2017.

AJC.com reports Reed filed paperwork Tuesday night forming a committee that will allow him to begin accepting campaign donations for the 2021 mayor's race.

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Reed, who turns 52 on Thursday, will celebrate his birthday with a party that will double as a $1,000-per-guest fundraiser.

Speculation swirled that Reed would run for a third term after embattled Atlanta Mayor Bottoms announced she couldn't take the pressure anymore and would not run for reelection.

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Bottoms' announcement was historic -- the first time since Mayor Maynard Jackson that an incumbent mayor chose to not seek reelection.

Reed becomes the first mayor since Jackson to run for a third term.

Reed's second term was marred by a federal corruption investigation into several members of his administration, including bribery convictions against his chief procurement officer and a deputy chief of staff. Reed’s chief financial officer is currently under indictment for fraud and weapons charges.

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Former Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed, 50, has retained former reality TV star Phaedra Parks to represent him in his divorce from Sarah Elizabeth Langford-Reed.

According to rumormongers, Reed and his wife were separated for a while before they filed for divorce in September.

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Reed fathered a daughter with the former 2005 Miss District of Columbia before they tied the knot in 2014. Sarah requests primary custody of their five-year-old daughter, Maria Kristan Reed; child support; an even split of their assets; and for Kasim to pay any debt they accumulated during their marriage, according to court papers obtained by Bossip.

Phaedra, 46, went through a very public divorce of her own after splitting from ex-con Apollo Nida, 40. They share two sons, Ayden and Dylan. Phaedra also represented musician Bobby Brown in the past.

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