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Vincent Fort is running for Mayor of Atlanta.

Together, we can transform Atlanta to a place where everyone has a chance to make the most of their human potential.

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Vincent's Story

Overview

Why I’m Running

A child born today at Grady Hospital in Atlanta has less of a chance of moving out of poverty than almost anywhere in the United States. Atlanta is the civil rights capitol of the world–we owe a level playing field to its citizens.

I’m running for Mayor because City Hall has lost its way. Together, we can transform Atlanta to a place where everyone has a chance to make the most of their human potential.

1980s

Higher Education

Received my Bachelor of Arts degree in American History at Central Connecticut State College, my Master’s degree in African-American History from Atlanta University, and completed additional doctoral coursework at Emory University

Teaching Career

Began my career as an educator, serving most of my time at the schools of the HBCUs of the Atlanta University Center, including Morris Brown College and Morehouse College

1990s

Neighborhood Leadership

Served as President of Atlanta’s Planning Advisory Board, where he worked successfully with city leaders to improve Atlanta’s neighborhoods, including a partnership with the labor movement to provide job training in the neighborhoods near Atlanta’s 1996 Olympic Stadium

Fighting Against Landfills

Spearheaded coalition to stop the expansion of Live Oak Landfill into southside neighborhoods, one of the largest environmental justice victories in Atlanta modern history

Working for Equality

Cut my campaign teeth running local candidates who championed partnership benefits

Battling the Big Banks

Fought for homeowners rights against big banks; called out disinvestment in low-income neighborhoods, precursor to my work fighting predatory lending

Elected Leadership

Began my two decade career in Georgia’s Senate fighting for my constituents and for progressive values

 

2000s

Predatory Lending

Wrote and passed the strongest predatory lending law in the nation, a policy so sound that the big banks threw temper tantrums for a whole year before it gutted by the GOP

Fighting Hate Crimes

Sponsored the first bill in Georgia to create a state hate crimes law, a fight I continue to lead to this day to enhance penalties for criminals who choose their victims based on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation

2010s

Occupy Atlanta

Arrested for protesting Wall Street greed at Occupy Atlanta

Moral Mondays

Arrested for protesting a lack of Medicaid expansion at the Governor’s office

Decriminalizing Marijuana

Became leader in the fight to decriminalize marijuana in Atlanta

Bernie Sanders

Became the highest ranking Democrat in Georgia to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States

Community Schools

Passed Community School legislation through the Georgia Senate – the most progressive public school initiative in decades. Earned GAE Legislator of the Year Award

Sanctuary City

Became leader in the fight to make Atlanta a Sanctuary City, welcoming all who seek refuge

Campaign News

For Immediate Release: Sanders’ Endorsed Candidate Vincent Fort for Mayor Leads Progressive Fight In Atlanta

For Immediate Release Contact: Jeff DiSantis, Fort for Atlanta jeff@disantis.com Sanders’ Endorsed Candidate Vincent Fort for Mayor Leads Progressive Fight In Atlanta (Atlanta, June 22, 2017) State Senator Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), the leading progressive candidate for Mayor of Atlanta, announced …

Vincent Fort: Can a True Progressive Backed by Bernie Sanders Win the Atlanta Mayoral Race?

State Senator Vincent Fort has been the most progressive and outspoken city/state elected official for some time in Georgia. While holding elected office, he has taken part in many a protest (even being arrested on Capital grounds) and has a true grassroots following.

Atlanta mayoral candidate Fort pushes city council on marijuana reform

State Sen. Vincent Fort on Monday implored the Atlanta City Council to move forward on a proposal to eliminate jail time and reduce the fines for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana in Georgia’s capital.

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