Maria Saporta brings word that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is publicly stating he has no plans to exit Atlanta for a position with the new term of the Obama Administration. A number of cabinet positions are expected to be vacated as the first term ends.
At the Carter breakfast Thursday morning at the Atlanta History Center, Reed was asked directly whether he could guarantee that he would be mayor in 2017 if he were to be re-elected next year.
The mayor’s answer was an unconditional yes.
Mayor Reed has some unfinished business that he would like to work on during a second term, namely Atlanta’s Beltline. He also seems to want to push for high speed rail out of Atlanta, given the state’s continued involvement with a multi-modal terminal project downtown.
The mayor also reaffirmed his commitment to explore light rail opportunities for the Atlanta BeltLine despite the defeat of the regional transportation sales tax on July 31.
Reed even went further than that. He said he will be working to get a high speed rail link between Atlanta and Savannah so that the trip could be done in just one hour.
For those who can’t wait until 2014 to get their campaign fix on, Mayor Reed will stand for re-election next year.