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NPR-WABE Interview

Jim Burress interviews Mike Russell as he enters the race for Atlanta City Council President.

Russell is Black and identifies as gay, two distinctions that aren’t necessarily barriers to winning the head council seat. But in heavily-Democratic Atlanta, the self-avowed “common-sense conservative’s” political leanings might be.

“I think it’s a challenge,” said Russell. “I know I have an uphill battle.”

Russell said his platform is heavy on free enterprise and public safety. And to lower recent spikes in Atlanta’s crime rates, he says he’ll focus on the city’s Black communities.

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